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Melanie Elturk

What is your morning routine?

I wake up early around 5:30 or 6:30am (depending on the sunrise) for our morning prayer. (As a Muslim, I have five daily prayers and one of them is before sunrise.) I pray, read a few pages of the Quran, and get on my laptop and do some work, or maybe read a chapter in a book instead. Then I shower, stretch, and start my day.

How has your morning routine changed over recent years?

I’ve stuck with this routine on and off since high school (with a few gap years when I would wake up late and miss my morning prayer altogether).

Back then I would pray communally with my family and read the Quran with my dad. Now that I’m married I do this alone. I tend to experiment with exactly what I do after praying and reading, but I know that the more regimented I am about my morning routine the more effective and productive I am.

What time do you go to sleep?

Between 10:00 and 11:00pm.

Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?

Yup! And all the time, lol.

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How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typically have?

I usually have breakfast two or three hours after waking up. I have an egg and a bagel, a waffle, or yogurt, and I always have some fruit and juice so I can take my vitamins. I often have green tea and honey as well. When I really need a caffeine boost I drink black tea with mint.

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