Oh, to be a morning person, to wake up each day feeling chipper and efficient, motivated and alert—what wondrous thing that must be. Though we’ve reluctantly resigned ourselves to our night-owl tendencies, it doesn’t mean we’ve just given up (though our affinity for the snooze button might indicate otherwise). The next best thing to being a morning person is learning how they operate—which is why we
accosted interviewed eight self-identifying morning people at Byrdie HQ and asked them to share their waking-up tips. Some of them were to be expected (planning ahead seems to work wonders) while others were more surprising (we may be putting green tea ice cubes on our faces in the near future).
From fuzzy socks to dancing to records, keep scrolling to find out how to wake up like a morning person!
“I swear by my silk sleep mask and earplugs. I wear them every night, and it's the only thing that helps me to shut down properly. It forces my eyes to stay closed, and while I can still hear really loud noises, the earplugs help to drown out the bulk of it so I can really switch off. It's my own sleep cocoon. Then, I sleep soundly and wake up fresh at 6 a.m. every day.”
Pictured: Aromatherapy Associates Relax Eye Mask ($80)
“I always try to prepare my lunch and set the table for breakfast the night before. Sounds like something your mom would do, but it gives me time for breakfast with my husband without getting up mega early. Not rushing around in the kitchen also makes my morning way less stressful, and I have something (coffee, duh) to look forward to when I get up.”
“I've found that eating a diet of whole, unprocessed organic foods (my weekly groceries are almost always purchased entirely from the farmers market) and drinking lemon water throughout the day help me to fall asleep easily at nighttime so I wake up fresh. I always try to get at least eight hours of sleep, if not a little more. I love to sleep with my curtains open so I can wake with the sunrise, and I begin every single day with a morning meditation, light exercise, and stretching, followed by a nourishing breakfast and pu-erh tea. My husband and I also like to put on a record and dance around a bit or listen to Howard Stern's morning show. Thankfully, my husband's a morning person too!”
“Working out in the morning turned me into a morning person. I'm in a workout class every day around 7 a.m., which gives me a huge energy boost. I don't drink coffee, so it forces me to get out of bed, and by the time I'm through my first few sun salutations or in position at the barre, I'm fully awake and ready to rock!”
Pictured: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit ($120)
“Like many people, I like for it to be cold while I sleep, but having the AC on also makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning. I've found that if I keep socks or slippers by my bed, putting them on when I wake up makes getting out much easier.”
Pictured: Hunter Knit Knee Socks ($55)
“What makes the morning go smoothly to get myself, my husband, and two kids out the door is to prep everything—and I mean everything—the night before. I have clothes set out, lunches packed, and all bags ready to go by the door. I even have the Keurig prepped and ready to brew my coffee while I let the dog out and feed her. I struggled when I returned to work from having the second child. Out of desperation, I made a list and realized not everything had to be done in the morning—and so it began. Each night, after the kids are in bed, I take 10 to 15 minutes to prep for the next day. No matter how tired or how late it is, I stick to it, because I know the morning will suck if I don't.
“I even use this strategy at work to prep for the next day!”
Pictured: Keurig K40 Elite Single Cup Home Brewing System ($100)
“Have a morning routine and schedule. It is easy to get thrown off, but sticking to the schedule will get you up and ready for the morning. Also, go to sleep before midnight. I make sure that I get out of the house at 7 a.m. every morning—no excuses or changes to that time. It helps that traffic is better at this time, and I am incentivized to leave—given that every extra five minutes, the streets gets more congested.”
“Being a morning person starts the night before for me. I do a yoga flow, dab my temples with lavender oil, and hit the pillow the same night each night 9:45 p.m. (grandma status!). When my alarm sounds off at 5:45 a.m., I don't hesitate, and get right out of bed. Hitting the snooze is a major danger zone. From there, it's all about making myself feel awake. The kitchen is the first stop: I chug a glass of room-temperature water, turn on my electric kettle so I can have hot water with lemon (it’s amazing for digestion), run a green tea ice cube over my entire face, and hold two frozen spoons over my eyes—talk about instant alertness! Then, I quickly change into my workout clothes and am off to the gym with my hot water with lemon in hand, and earplugs already blasting my Spotify playlist. The early morning sweat is the ultimate energy boost to get my day going!”
Now that you know how real-life morning people wake up, school yourself on how to create the ideal sleep environment for a restful snooze.