How You Can Become a Morning Person the Smart Way

5 Simple Steps You Can Take If You Want to Start Each Day Well

Neel Raman
8 min readApr 11, 2023

The thought of waking up early so you can become a morning person can either feel enticing or can cause dread.

Most people fall between two extremes. Some people are the morning type and wake up naturally before sunrise, while others are night owls and prefer to stay up late.

Waking up early shouldn’t feel such a drag or cause you to press the snooze button on your alarm. Those who wake up before sunrise do so because they enjoy the benefits of waking up earlier.

Find out how you can become a morning person the smart way and enjoy the benefits of starting your day early.

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Why Should You Become a Morning Person?

Becoming a morning person is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You shouldn’t have to force yourself to do it or rely on willpower if you know the benefits of becoming a morning person.

When you become a morning person, here are the benefits you can expect.

  1. Increased happiness. Studies show that people who wake up early are often happier than those who get up late.
  2. Higher energy levels. When you get quality sleep regularly, your energy levels are at its highest in the morning. That will allow you to get the most out of your morning and the rest of your day.
  3. Get more time for yourself. People who wake up early have more time to focus on their self-care and also to spend with family and friends. They have more time to relax and work on hobbies.
  4. Improved health. Those who wake up early are more likely to do morning workouts than those who wake up late. This can have a positive impact on a person’s mood and outlook on life.
  5. Increased productivity. Waking up early gives you extra hours in the day to get your work done. This means you can accomplish more during the day.
  6. Higher levels of creativity. Creative thinking usually happens earlier in the day, so waking up early allows you to tap into your creativity, so you can progress faster towards your goals.
  7. More success. Successful people usually rise early because they value their time. Having time to think, strategize, and focus on what’s important will help you achieve more success.

If you want to start your day well, getting up early will make a huge difference. Your internal body clock will play a factor in when you should be awake. If your wake-up time is not what you’d like it to be, you may find it difficult initially to adjust to a new schedule and becoming a morning lark.

You’ll need to learn to get comfortable being awake earlier than usual. Once you’ve mastered this skill, you’ll see the benefits of waking up early.

It’s not as hard as you might think.

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What Can Prevent You from Becoming a Morning Person?

The factors that can prevent you from becoming a morning person usually depend on your sleep schedule and your sleep pattern.

Some of these factors include:

  • Staying up late the night before. Unless you make it a priority, the quality of your sleep will affect when you wake up and how you feel when you do. The hours of sleep you have every night will affect your sleep quality.
  • Being too busy. If you have a lot to do and work late into the night, you will struggle to unwind before you go to bed because your mind will still be active. The time when you go to bed at night will affect your focus the next day.
  • Poor health. If you do not take good care of yourself, you may find it difficult to get enough sleep. Poor nutrition and lack of exercise can lead to poor sleep habits, which will affect when you wake up.
  • Lack of motivation. If you’re not motivated or have things to focus on, getting up early will feel like a chore. Even if you set an alarm clock, you’ll struggle to wake up early unless you’re motivated to do so.
  • Not having a routine. If you don’t have a consistent sleep schedule, you’ll never know the time of day you need to wake up. Paying more attention to your sleep times and giving yourself extra time to wind down the night before will make a difference.
  • Having trouble falling asleep. If you have difficulty sleeping because you feel stressed or have too many things on your mind, you may find it harder to wake up early. Having an underlying sleep disorder can affect your quality of life and may be caused by other issues. In such cases, consulting with a sleep specialist can help you develop healthy sleep habits.
  • Not taking advantage of your natural circadian rhythm. Your body has a natural sleep cycle of activity and rest. If you don’t follow this circadian clock, you’ll lose the ability to function properly. Not getting enough sleep every night can disrupt your natural tendencies and circadian rhythm.

These factors can affect your ability to wake up early. If you’re a night person and want to become a morning person, there are things you can do.

How to Become a Morning Person By Taking These Simple Steps

Here are five simple steps you can take to become a morning person, so you can start each day well and set yourself up for optimum performance.

1. Understand why you’re not a morning person

Everyone has a natural circadian rhythm or genetic tendencies. For some people, this is a regular cycle of wakefulness and sleepiness throughout the day. Others experience different patterns.

Some people wake up at the same time every day, while others wake up at different times depending on their social life and lifestyle.

Your most productive time, where you do your best work may be late at night or early in the morning. Understanding your natural circadian rhythm can help you understand why you’re not a typical morning person.

2. Have a purpose or reason for getting up early

It’s easy to say “I’m going to wake up early” without knowing exactly what that looks like. What will you do when you get up earlier?

If you know what you will gain when you become a morning person, you’re more likely to stick to your preferred wake-up time.

Doing something new requires planning and preparation. Setting a specific goal will help you plan and prepare for any obstacles that may arise.

3. Consider the changes you need to make to your environments

When you set up your environments to support you, it becomes easier to get up earlier rather than relying on willpower.

This may mean changing what you do before you go to bed. It can also mean having a bedtime routine.

Having a routine creates familiarity, which will allow you to relax much faster before you go to bed.

4. Avoid having a heavy meal before going to sleep

Avoiding foods high in carbohydrates and sugar can prevent you from feeling sluggish after eating, which can affect your sleep cycle.

Eating around the same time each night will help your body get into a rhythm, which can lead to a better night’s sleep.

5. Manage your expectations and have a positive attitude

To change to becoming a morning person when you have not been one previously will require you to do something new.

Don’t expect to become a morning person right away. Instead, focus on making small changes over time. You may need to speak to a sleep expert.

The key is to keep trying until you succeed. Once you’ve made a few changes, you’ll notice an improvement in your mood and energy levels.

Other Things That Will Help You Become a Morning Person

Here are additional things you can try out to become a morning person.

  1. Avoid caffeine late in the afternoon and evening. Caffeine keeps you awake longer than necessary, which makes it harder to fall asleep later.
  2. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise improves circulation and oxygen flow through your blood stream.
  3. Keep your bedroom cool. Warm temperatures can cause drowsiness and affect the quality of your sleep and make it harder to get up early.
  4. Go to bed early. Sleeping late disrupts your circadian rhythm, which controls your internal clock. To have an earlier wake-up time also means going to bed earlier.
  5. Use technology wisely. While technology has its place, use it sparingly. Too much screen time, especially right before bed, can cause disrupt your sleep.

Final Thoughts

It takes discipline to wake up early daily, but when you do, you’ll feel a lot better throughout your day.

Once you’ve mastered the art of waking up early, you’ll be amazed by what you accomplish during the day.

So, becoming a morning person isn’t really a secret. It’s simply getting up earlier than everyone else.

Action Step: Choose a time you would like to get up every day and identify how it will benefit you. What do you expect to gain when you become a morning person? What will your morning routine be? Once you know this, work backwards so you know what time you need to go to bed every night and how you can prepare before going to sleep.

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