10 Reasons You Should Wake Up Early | How To Be An Early Riser When You Really, Really Don’t Feel Like It

Whether it’s summer, the weekend or still lockdown where you live, sometimes waking up early can be difficult. Without the incentive, you can easily lie in bed for a couple more hours. This post is not only to help you, but also myself. There are many perks to waking up early, and I want to compile them all in a post. So, whenever you’re contemplating a lie-in you remember how good an early start makes you feel.

1) You have some alone time in the morning 

This one appeals to me the most. As someone who enjoys quiet time, in a busy house it can be hard to find. Especially when your brother plays guitar non-stop all day (I’m surprised his fingers are still intact!)

2) Bird song

Maybe the city gals don’t relate to this one, but since I live semi-rurally bird song is not hard to find. If you do live in an urban landscape, I’d recommend turning on bird sounds just to feel more at peace. It’s one of my favourite sounds and it’s always best in the early hours.

3) Early morning sunshine!

During winter and summer, early morning sunshine is at its best. I love the golden glow it emits on to the garden and through the kitchen window. It makes me smile every time I see it!

4) Head start on the day

While everyone else is asleep, you can be cracking on with your to-do list. I always have an afternoon slump so I rely on the mornings to get things done. Then later on, when you hit that wall, you don’t have to fear. You’ve already got a lot of shiz done!

5) Ability to stay off screens for longer before work/school/blog begins

I like to spend time off social media in the morning. However, if you wake up later (say 9am) and have a meeting a 9:30, you won’t have much time to detox from screens before launching yourself straight into work. Wake up early, spend less time on screens in the morning, feel better.

6) Time to meditate (no interruptions)

I’m not the sort of person you’ll find cross legged completing a guided meditation. But meditation is more than the trendy kind you see on YouTube. My form of meditation is journaling. In the morning, not only can I get journaling done and dusted, but I can journal for longer without interruptions.

7) Less time wasted

If I wake up late I feel as if the day has slipped away already, so I don’t force myself to complete much. Whereas when I wake up early I launch into tasks and get much more done. In the evening I’m never productive, so that’s why I like to sleep earlier then I can make the most of my time.

8) The afternoon slump… it’s not as bad for a morning person!

If you wake up earlier, the afternoon slump tends to fall around lunchtime. Therefore you can take your lunch break while you’re feeling a bit demotivated, then refresh and launch back into work. But when I wake up at 8, my slump tends to fall around 3pm.

9) Going for walks while it’s not busy/no screaming children

Dear children, they’re sweet little people but they’re so damn loud. Getting out for your walk early has many benefits: you avoid the blazing sun, it’s nice and cool, no-one is about, children are still in bed. I love quiet so getting out early means there is more tranquility. The only people you encounter are similar minded people! Therefore interaction is avoided at all costs… except for maybe a smile or an awkward ‘hello’.

10) Feels like an accomplishment 

I hear people moan about how they ‘can’t possibly get up so early’. So when I get up early, I just feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! It’s a little different to my usual, but self-growth is a niche I would like to delve into more. 

Do you enjoy posts like this? What is one thing I’ve mentioned that you relate to?

Have a lovely week everybody! 

catherine x

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31 thoughts on “10 Reasons You Should Wake Up Early | How To Be An Early Riser When You Really, Really Don’t Feel Like It

  1. Great post! I generally wake up around 5:30 or 5:45 to get a head start on school. It’s really been helping me to get finished sooner! I like to set two alarms a few minutes apart from each other, because if I set just one, I’m bound to fall back asleep. 🤣 It was super hard at first trying to get up earlier (I got up at 7:00 for years), but I’ve become adapted to it and sleeping in on the weekends is my treat. 😜

    -Esther

    P.S.
    Also, bird songs are a great idea!! There aren’t too many birds around where I live, but I’ll try turning on some bird sounds and see how it works. 😉

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    • Thank you so much! Ahh 5:30, even though it’s only half an hour before I usually get up, seems far out of my reach. Well done you for getting into a positive habit. Could you tell me if my comment section is working again? I’ve had more comments than usual on today’s post and I wonder if that is why :)) x

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  2. A thoroughly enjoyable post regardless of length, I assure you! Posts like this will always be my jam because I’m just not a morning person but I recognise how great it would be if I was! On weekdays I’m usually up around 8:30 and that for me is an early morning. Makes sense considering I can sleep till 2pm on weekends if I’m tired enough! Must sound like a nightmare to you, hahah.

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    • Thank you for reading Maryam! I think people always have the potential to adjust to an early morning rise. Haha it doesn’t sound like a nightmare to me! Although I could never sleep til 2pm, regardless of how late I stayed up the night before. Because I have to head to the bus stop at 8am in the morning, I’m forced to get up early! x

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  3. I relate to all your points! It’s been 3 months since the last time I was consistent at waking up early. While I thought all my life, I wasn’t a morning person, I really did enjoy it. It’s so beautifully quiet around those times and it made me drop my phone and simply just bask in the solitude as well as the birds singing. On some days, when I didn’t feel like just sitting, I’d go for a walk.

    I’m trying to build up that routine again. I miss it so much.

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  4. Yes to all of these! I used to sleep really badly so I’d be up at 5am or earlier after only 3 hours of sleep. These days not so much! BUT I used to love those early morning hours, when the world was still sleeping and slowing waking up, and the birdsong is so refreshing. I always found I got more done early in the morning too.xx

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    • Ahh I’m so sorry to hear of that. I hope your sleep has improved! I love how no matter the difficulty, you always see positives in bad situations. You have such an admirable attitude Caz! x

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  5. I wasn’t always a morning person until a few years ago and now, can’t imagine not waking up to the perks of early mornings. And you’re right, afternoon slumps are not as bad when you’ve got a headstart.

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      • Hey, me too! Although I’ve always been a morning person, during lockdown the habit slipped a bit. Then overnight a switch must have been flicked because I felt so motivated to wake up early again. Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂

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  6. Waking up early used to be a rare thing for me but lately it’s been happening more and more! (Today it actually wasn’t for a good reason now that I think about it but all worked out well in the end 🙌). This was such a relaxing read and made me see why I always try my best to get to sleep early so as to wake up early too, it’s been a drastic change for a night owl but it’s well worth it! 🌞 I definitely feel like less time is wasted and it can get to say 2 o’clock and feel like its much later but because I got up early I have more hours in the day and it just feels further along 😂💫. I love the alone time too as sure I could find it at some point throughout the day but it just feels so much more productive and full of motivation in that early morning sun after a good night’s sleep 💤 Fantastic post!! 😄💕

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    • For me too, but I am slowly getting into the rhythm of waking up early! Aww thank you Lucy, I’m glad you enjoyed reading. In recent days I have been out with family until late, meaning I can’t get up early without feeling like a zombie. Yes! I love that. Around 2pm is where I need my break. I’ll have to see how I can cure the ‘afternoon slump’ better. Early morning sun is my favourite atmosphere to work in! Good luck waking up early in the future. Thank you for reading 🙂 x

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  7. I definitely see the appeal in waking up early, but I have yet to find a strategy that works for me! Sometimes I’ll hit snooze, sometimes I’ll fall asleep without putting my alarm on, sometimes I’ll *not* hear it in the morning, … I usually worry more about organizing my sleep schedule once I realize the school year is just around the corner, so I still have one month to fix it! 😛

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    • It’s all a bit of trial and error. Ahh, I have to return in a week or so to my studies. I’m half looking forward to it (half not). Got to sort out my sleep schedule too! I’ve had a series of unavoidable late nights, because I’ve been spending time with family :)) Nice to be able to see them again, though x

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