How to Become a Morning Person

Hey everyone! It’s Hannah again! As you guys might remember from this post here, I am not a morning person. I’m not even really a night person, I’m just a sleep person. See, my thing is, I like to be AWAKE early, I just don’t like to WAKE UP early. One of the girls on the CINCTeam, Jane, is so much of a morning person she goes on actual hikes before work. It honestly blows my mind.

So for this post, I wanted to try to become a morning person. I did some research and for 7 days straight, I tried 7 different tips to turn myself into a morning person:

Day 1 – Wednesday

Tip: Spend an Hour Before Bed Sans Electronics

I had big hopes for my first day of being a morning person, but I also know myself well enough to know that the chances of me actually getting up when my alarm goes off are slim to none. I set one alarm 6:45 and one for 7:00, knowing full well my tendency to ‘snooze’ usually wins. I ended up getting out of bed at 7:35, which is a full hour before I usually get out of bed, which I’m considering a WIN.

When researching the best ways to become a morning person, I read that you should cut off electronics a full hour before you want to be asleep. So I put my phone on airplane mode, turned off my TV, put my laptop in my work bag and read a book. Committing a full hour of quiet time to read is something that I haven’t been able to do in ages. Between a group chat called ‘It’s The Girl’s Room’ blowing my phone up (you guys know who you are) and the dark hole which is the Instagram explore page, keeping my hands off my phone an hour before bed proved to be just as difficult as waking up with my alarm.

I have high hopes for tomorrow.

Day 2 – Thursday

Tip: Get Everything Ready for Your Morning the Night Before

Well, Day 2 went just about as well as Day 1. Though I didn’t get up with my alarm, I did get out of bed a full hour earlier than my usual routine. I’m still considering this a win. One thing I did try to do was plan my outfit as well as get everything I would need in the morning ready before I went to sleep. So with an outfit set out on my desk chair and my french press cleaned and ready for coffee in the morning- it ended up shaving a considerable amount of time off my morning. I got to work early AND had time to stop by Starbucks for my usual bagel. Though, I’ve been known to still stop for a bagel whether or not I’m on time.

Day 3 – Friday

Tip: Move Your Alarm Across the Room

So far, this tip is definitely the most effective. I have my alarm set on my phone, and I sleep with my phone on the pillow next to me. So snoozing, or turning off my alarm and going back to sleep is easy when all I have to do is lift up my arm. So last night before I went to sleep, I put my phone on my desk across the room. Not only did it help get my butt out of bed to shut up Ed Sheeran (his song Kiss Me has been my alarm since high school) but it helped me not spend hours on Instagram before falling asleep.

Another tip, though I don’t recommend it, is going out with friends on a weeknight and wake up with anxiety that you’ll sleep through your alarm. Nothing gets me out of bed faster than the fear that I’ve overslept. I’ve also decided to continue this ‘becoming a morning person’ quest through the weekend, so wish me luck.

Day 4 – Saturday

Tip: Have Someone Keep You Accountable

Saturdays are my days to sleep until noon. So I was nervous to keep this challenge up through the weekend, to say the least. Like I’ve said, nothing gets me out of bed faster than the fear I’ve overslept- so I knew I had to make plans that would get me out of bed.

One of the tips I read online was to schedule a workout class or something early that makes you get out of bed. I decided to put a twist on that and instead of scheduling a workout class, I scheduled an early brunch with a friend of mine. Having her to keep me accountable was great motivation to jump out of bed.

Day 5- Sunday

Tip: Alarm App

I was actually really excited to try this tip. I remember hearing about the Alarmy app from a friend of mine who’s a super heavy sleeper. She had the app set to prompt her with a math equation in order to turn the alarm off. I can’t even do math when I’m wide awake, so I chose the ‘Shake’ feature. In order to shut off the sound of the alarm, you have to shake your phone back and forth 10 times. Not just a slight shake, but a full on (somewhat violent) back and forth shake. It actually worked! Pairing this with keeping my alarm across the room, I successfully woke up with my alarm. Yay me!

Day 6- Monday

Tip: Wake Up to Natural Sunlight

There’s only one window in my apartment (granted, it’s enormous) and when I close my bedroom doors it’s pitch black- which I LOVE. But one of the tips to becoming a morning person is to wake up to natural sunlight. So last night I left my bedroom doors open and woke up to a flood of sunlight in my room. This tip was not as effective as I was expecting, seeing as I just put my arm over my face to shield my eyes from the light.

I also did something I never do and I went out on Sunday night, once again the fear of oversleeping was a wonderful motivation!

Day 7- Tuesday

Tip: Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day

Ah, the last day of being a morning person. Thank god. This tip was more of an accumulated tip from the past 7 days. One of the biggest suggestions online, when I googled ‘How to Become a Morning Person’, was to get yourself into a schedule and wake up at the same time every morning. (Including the weekends, *gasp*)

So every day for the last 7 days I set one alarm for 6:45 and one for 7:00. Of course, the typical period of time to make (or break) a habit is 21 days so my 7 days of getting up early hasn’t done much for my internal clock. I will say, however, that knowing I had the goal of waking up early kept me in line.

So a week later, I’m still nowhere near being a morning person. Will I continue my quest to become one? Hard to say. I love my sleep, but I also really enjoyed all the time I had in the morning. Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked to sleep in on Saturday. Do you guys have any tips that help you wake up early? Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for my next post!



  • Fatima says:

    Great tips. Going to check out the alarm app for myself sounds like a really good app.

  • Great post! Very helpful.

  • Judith says:

    I am only a morning person on days I have to work. I have no choice but to get my lazy self up by 0530. But on my day off I snooze till 11am or 12pm.

  • Lori Testy says:

    I am 54 yrs. old and I have NEVER been a morning person at all in all these years (and doubt I ever will be). I try to get by on 3-4 hrs. sleep some nights which I find isn’t good for when I have get up at 6 or 7am. The problem is my work schedule is not the same . I either work evening shift or early morning shift. It is so hard to come home at 10pm and want to go to bed. I do a few things around the house and I am on my computer. Before I know it, it is 3 or 4am and I have to be at work in about 5 hrs. (that includes my sleep and getting ready for work) When I get home at 5pm, I sit down and I find myself dozing from not getting enough sleep. It would be so much easier if I either worked evenings or just day shift, but that isn’t going to happen. Your tips were great and I enjoyed reading this. I have come to the realization that if I want to sleep in a day or 2 a week, that is OK. I feel well rested and then the rest of my week doesn’t seem so bad and I feel I can make it through it. Do what is best for your life and not someone elses.

  • tammy says:

    Love ALL of your posts Hannah !! 🙂 <3

  • Amy says:

    How to become a morning person. Step one: don’t.

    I love this post! Great pictures and a great topic, I totally understand the struggle of somebody who just loves to sleep. Unfortunately I have been forced to become a morning tolerator recently, though I still won’t call myself a morning person. I have a class at 8am where the professor won’t let you in the lecture hall if you are more than five minutes late, and she is serious about it. The fear of getting an absence is usually enough to get me out the door in time, but I have a few tricks to make sure I can get out the door as happily as possible. My first trick is the sunlight trick, it works really well for me (though it was hard to resist the urge to turn my room into a comfy cave). The second thing that helps me (as much as I hate it) is to stay away from caffeine after 5pm. This means coffee, sweet tea, large quantities of chocolate, and basically anything that makes a girl happy. And lastly, I try to go to bed as relaxed as possible. I am prone to racing thoughts and bedtime anxieties, so I make sure that everything is set up for the next day. Outfit and breakfast planned, door double locked, backpack and work bag ready, etc. I keep a notebook next to my bed so that I can write down any last-minute thoughts or reminders for the next day so that I can settle my mind faster instead of obsessing about not forgetting something. I also use the “bedtime” alarm on my iPhone so that I get a reminder to put my tech away and start winding down to sleep. I’m still nowhere near a morning person, but I am learning to make the best of having to be awake earlier than I would like.

    Good luck on becoming a happier morning person if you continue this experiment, I can’t wait for your next post!

  • Patrcia Torres says:

    Thanks for this amazing advices, it’s really important to star our days
    with the best vibes and energy!ñoInvierno

  • Winnie says:

    This is THE post for me!! I’ve been trying to wake up early and be a morning person but i have never succeeded! I love the idea of the app that you introduced here and I’m going to give it a try! Thank you for the tip, Hannah! Looking forward to your next post! ♥️

  • Great tips! I try not to use my phone 2 hours before sleep. It really helps!
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  • That last tip about getting up at the same time every day is very accurate! This is exactly what I do, whether it’s wednesday or Saturday I always get up at 6am (yeah I have to get up so early for work, Guys it’s long hours when you work in Finance!) . But I also try to go to bed at the same time every evening which is any time between 10 and 11 and it works!
    Thanks for sharing the tips Hannah xx

  • Elizabeth says:

    Really enjoyed reading this little experiment that you conducted for the week! 🙂 Sounds like there are some great ways to “becoming” a morning person, like putting your phone across the room! I used to do that too, and it definitely works! Hahaha but I do agree with you – Saturdays are meant for sleeping in! Thanks for sharing all of these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • It’s so so difficult for me. I’m nocturnal! I like the idea of waking up early… but I have a hard time sleeping early so I always end up waking up super late!

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  • Kadian says:

    I am not a morning person at all, but I’ve been trying some of these tips for a while, but I stopped. I have to restart now.

  • Angeline says:

    How to wake up early? Have a baby.. I miss my sleep omg.. Before baby though, I really enjoyed when I made the change to wake to natural daylight. Even if I don’t wake immediately when the sun shines, I found myself feeling more positive when I do wake.

  • YP says:

    Nice tips, some really are tried and true, for me at least.
    Making plans/workout class – holding yourself accountable with plans or a session you PAID for, yes, is very motivating
    Ready the night before – this has been a lifesaver because I literally cannot think in the morning and my outfit choices are much less questionable when I set ot up the night before, had a chance to check the weather (I live in NYC, so unpredictable), and also packed my backpack for my whole day – usually work and a running workout or gymtime, PLUS the freshening up stuff if I am meeting friends after #baglady

    Others I’d like to try –
    Give yourself a yummy meal or coffee to look forward to. There is nothing like knowing my cold brew is in the fridge waiting for me, and having time to make eggy sandwich in the a.m. has saved my wallet and hangry morning work commute.
    Smells – if you drink hot coffee set a timer on your coffeemaker, the brew will smell so nice and you will wake up to a fresh pot!

    Pets – needless to say if you have pets they need walks and food so you have to get on top of that. take care of your fur baby.

  • Daniela says:

    Ahhhh!!! Don’t sleep next to your phone Hannah, its bad! #TooMuchRadiation

  • Jamie says:

    Thanks for the tips, Hannah! It’s nice to see tips I’ve heard about played out in real life! I’m a middle school teacher, so I have to get up relatively early, and I have to say I am definitely not a morning person. I’ve been trying to get the motivation to do some of these same tips, so I think it’s time I follow your footsteps 😉

  • Naznin says:

    Such amazing tips! So trying to be a morning person. This really might help. Lovely images too!

  • esther says:

    omg! I just love morning especially if its a warm summers day!

  • ziwei says:

    nice tips! i park in a tandem spot with my bf and my car is usually blocking his at the end of day. so the best way for me to wake up early is to not switch cars with him the night before he has to leave at 7!

  • Such great tips! I really to become a morning person for sure! I’ll start incorporating these into my morning routine for sure!

  • Jada says:

    Love these tips! I have been working on becoming a morning person, it is really hard for someone like me who is a night person too!

  • Magda says:

    Great tips, I am REALLY not a morning person!

  • I’m definitely a morning person, but if I’m working late I will snooze like crazy and have a rough time getting up. Love the idea of moving the alarm across the room!

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  • LENA says:

    Great Tips!

    Lena Revealed

  • BJ says:

    I was born in the evening so I think that is why I have never been a morning person, even as a child. I never will be either. I can get up early but then I drag around the rest of the day.

  • Shloka says:

    These are all fabulous tips! I have to admit that when I started getting everything ready the night before, mornings were a lot easier!


  • Diana says:

    Great tips! I definitely needed to move my alarm to the other side of the room.

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