It's 11am. Chick-fil-a has stopped serving breakfast, Chipotle just opened for lunch, the morning rush has died down and some people are almost halfway through their workday. Then there's me. By 11am, I'm usually just getting into my workday groove, wondering what mysteries await during the day ahead, still digesting my breakfast and likely sipping through a coffee.

My parents are morning people. My mom wakes up every day at 4am, without an alarm clock. (I repeat, without an alarm clock.) The woman is a bright-and-early five foot one robot. Then there's my dad, a man who considers waking up past 7am "sleeping in." Who are these people?! Is this cause to question my identity? I didn't even know what REAL sleeping in was until I was a legal adult, and I haven't looked back since. How do morning people function with such zest and vitality? Before 9am, I'm basically a Walking Dead extra, and even then it takes a hot shower and a solid soundtrack to get me going.

Yeah... there are times when my circadian rhythm gets thrown outta whack: if I'm on vacation, if I'm sleeping somewhere less familiar than my own bed, if I'm unnervingly anxious, super excited or unusually worried. These instances, however, are few and far in between, but when I do manage to wake up earlier than normal, I feel insanely productive - like all the earlybird worms are all mine and I don't have to share with anyone.

Morning people have a vivacity that I deeply admire. I hope to be one when I grow up, but all the tricks I've tried aren't working. Go to bed earlier? Not when you have HBO On Demand & need to catch up on The Newsroom. Setting my alarm earlier? I just can't quit you, snooze button. Go camping? Not when mosquitos see me as a first-class buffet. Also, there are no showers in the woods.

I've also been told that having kids will make you a morning person. Uhmmmmm...






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  1. I literally just wrote another comment about being a morning person! haha. I used to be a night owl too, with no earthly idea about how people woke up so early. But now I'd venture to call myself a semi-early bird. While I used to wake up between 11-2, I now wake up between 8-9. I still would like to progress to waking up at 7, but that's a long term goal.

    I never thought I'd be a morning person, but I really love it. It took me about a good 6 months to develop a steady rhythm to naturally waking up early. One of my biggest tips is a clean diet and regular exercise. Those two will cause you to not only sleep well but for your body to feel better in the mornings. I used to wake up (even at noon!) very groggy and feeling like I didn't get enough sleep. Now I can wake up at 8 and feel extremely well rested and energized.

    Waking up early is a process, but not everyone likes it either so don't be too hard on yourself! If you really want to you'll get there eventually! (Coffee helps some too haha).

    Zauni | The Kind Side

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    1. I definitely feel more productive when I wake up earlier in the morning, but it's so darn hard! I guess I'll just have to do like you and take baby steps... One day I'll get there.

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