I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I have a question for all you paleo folks who are early risers.
First, for some background info. I actually found out about paleo after researching sleeping problems, because I've always had trouble going to bed early. I would often feel wide awake until 7am! However, since the beginning of August, for the first time in my life I've been implementing better sleep hygiene, and the results have been startlingly effective. I've been able to gradually shift my wake-up time from 2pm to 7:30am thus far without feeling tired!
But my question is, I have seen early risers saying they get up at 4:30 or 5am and love it. So I'm just wondering, how do you do it? I know the sun rises earlier in some parts of the world, but the earliest the sun will ever rise where I live in the midwest is a little before 6am in mid summer, making the beginning of civil twilight about 5:30. So getting up at 4:30 would mean still getting up where it's practially pitch black for about an hour in the summer, and pitch black for maybe 3 hours in the winter. (Stupid daylight savings time doesn't help matters!) I wonder, since there was no electricity, how long before (or after) sunrise the typical caveman awoke. Hm.
Anyway, so how do you guys do it? Don't take that the wrong way; I really respect you guys! Getting up early sounds awesome. The quietness of early morning really appeals to me, and I would love to be able to get up at 4:30am and have all that time and solitude in the morning. It's something I'm going to strive for, but the main issue is that I can't imagine feeling motivated to wake up when it's still pitch-black out. =(