4 a.m.

What time do you get up in the morning?

Here’s why the question is on my mind. Closing arguments began in the Elizabeth Holmes trial yesterday. It’s a tragic story of fraud and greed, but since it’s also clear that Holmes is a very smart and driven woman — albeit driven in entirely the wrong direction—it’s also the story of wasted talent and promise.

Recently, I wrote for Inc.com about Holmes’s insane morning routine, a copy of which (in her own handwriting) was entered into evidence in the trial. The schedule has stuck with me. Here’s a bit of it to give you a taste:

"4:00 A.M. rise & thank God. most things are not logical."

"4:00 - 4:15 - wash face, change."

"4:15 - 4:45 - meditate, clear mind."

"4:45 - 5:20 - work out."

"5:20 - 6:20 - change, shower, shave, perfect."

"6:20 - 6:30 - pray"

"6:30 - 6:45 - bfast (bannana [sic], whey)"

"6:45 - drive to [Theranos]"

Granted, a lot of successful people get up early, and some plan their days meticulously. Also, I paused at the spirituality included in her schedule.

But I also kept thinking: 4 a.m.! And, for years!

The dedication, the diligence, rising in the pre-dawn hours, day after day after day — and for what? Ultimately, ruin, bankruptcy, and now the distinct possibility of facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

Look, I work hard and I have my own foibles, but I sure do like my sleep. Perhaps that’s why we’ve talked about sleep in this newsletter more than a few times over the last six months or so.

But I’ve also been intrigued to hear of the very reasonable sleep habits and early bedtimes that many of our readers profess to keep, including quite a few of you who seem to be quite successful and lead very interesting lives.

Causation? Correlation? Who knows? Although perhaps some of you have your own theories.

So, I thought it would be interesting to ask about the other side of sleep, meaning—well as I asked at the start of this newsletter—What time do you get up in the morning?

Are you all a bunch of morning people (which would be ironic, since I’m writing to you every day in the morning, and I’m not at all a morning person)? Are you “up in the morning with the rising sun” by necessity but not by choice? Has it changed over time?

Let us know the answer—and why—in the comments.

Have a great weekend. Sleep in.

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