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If I get up early every day and force myself not to sleep during the day, sooner or later I'll start going to bed early and getting up early, and the getting up part won't be a problem.

However, if I start getting up early all the time, I can't go out on weekends. I'm talking about going to nightclubs and staying there until 4 or 5 a.m. Not only would I be tired when I go out, but I would also risk losing my nice sleeping pattern.

Sure, I could try replacing the nightclubs with other forms of social activity which don't require staying up late, but it's not the same. Also, there might be nightclubs where the fun happens, I don't know, during the day, but there aren't any such clubs in my area.

My question is: Do I have to choose between being an early riser and going out on weekends (and staying late) or is there a way to get up early during the week and then stay out late on weekends (and by "weekends" I mean Friday OR Saturday, it doesn't have to be both)?
If there is a way to do that, what are some tips and advice on how to actually do it?

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Is being an early riser AND going out on weekends possible?

Yes. That is, according to Personal Development blogger Steve Pavlina, who has posted a highly popular article on How to Become an Early Riser.

In the followup Part II he writes (in the context of having the locked-in habit of regularly getting up at the same early time):

You can always sleep in late now and then if you need to. If I stay up until 3am, I’m not going to get up at 5am the next morning. But I’ll return to my usual routine the next day.

My personal experience roughly matches that. (Although I can't say that I remember being used to an early schedule and then going out. But I guess one can generalize that to "going to bed much later than one is used to".)

Even after pulling all-nighters I find that I fall right back into my previous sleeping pattern. (Of course I have to catch up on the missed sleep, but my overall rhythm doesn't change significantly.)

Against tiredness when going out, you could try caffeine (e.g. in pill form). (Experiment to find the dosage that lets you party but also sleep afterwards.) If your body is tolerant to caffeine because you drink coffee regularly, you can reduce that consumption gradually in order to make caffeine effective for you again when you really need it. (E.g. weekend nights and Monday mornings.) When you get up well-rested, you probably don't need caffeine to start your day anyway.

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I agree with this comment. I've found I can go out till about 3-5am and then get up at 11am the next day. In a way the going out makes me more inclined to get up the next day, as I feel energise from the night before. One of the keys to it, is to go home when you're feeling tired and over it. –  dwjohnston Nov 20 '13 at 2:36
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