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I'm A Morning Person

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I’ve been waking up at five o’clock in the morning since high school. Not necessarily because I wanted to, and not only because the bus came to pick me up at promptly at twenty after six, but because that’s what made sense for me to do. In the past boyfriends have tried to get me to sleep in late; for whatever reason I seemed to be attracted to night-owls. But I never can seem to turn off my early-rising intuition. There’s something instilled in me to wake up early, something I cannot explain. I don’t know why it’s so easy for me to get up in the morning and I don’t know why it’s so hard for others to do the same.

It’s not that I want to get up at five in the morning everyday. I’d love to sleep in a little bit. Say, until, like, seven. Or six thirty. Maybe. It’s just that waking up at five make sense to me. I just know that I like to lounge around in the mornings and I like to take my time getting things done. There is nothing worse than being rushed and scrambling around to get things in order. At the end of the week, I want nothing more than to sleep in a few extra hours for the next two days — so why I sign up for nine a.m. yoga classes on Saturdays is beyond me. Sure, I don’t like knowing I’ll have to set my alarm for seven o’clock on the weekends, but I’ll do it. I know that in the morning I’ll be groggy for a good twenty minutes and then it’ll pass, and it’s worth it.

Before the sun rises I’ll read the news and catch up on what’s been going on in the world since I’ve been asleep. I also use this time to catch up on any missed TV shows from the night before. Sometimes I’ll even cook pasta or rice in the morning. These early mornings give me an allotted amount of time in which I have nothing to do or nowhere to be, which is true for few other times of day.

Don’t get me wrong, though, waking up and getting out of bed at five every morning isn’t always easy. I try to maintain the same bedtime schedule but if for some reason I find myself crawling into bed around midnight instead of ten thirty, I will still get up at five the next day. It takes willpower and is not fun or something I look forward to doing. When I first began to wake up at five ten years ago, I would make sure my Sony radio alarm was on the opposite side of my bedroom so I would have to actually get out of bed and turn on the lights before going to turn off my alarm.

When my fellow co-workers find out that I wake up at five every morning they give me a look that is a mixture of shock and horror. Why would I do that to myself? They go on to tell me how they just woke up twenty minutes ago and couldn’t fathom how I’ve been up already for three hours.

Being an early-riser has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve noticed that I am more productive at work in the mornings rather than in the afternoon. At work I’m often times the person who gets to the office first and opens it up for the day. I’ll work constantly and consistently from when I punch in at eight a.m. until I punch out for lunch. After that my productivity is shot. What would be wonderful is if I could find a job that would allow me to work from six in the morning until two in the afternoon. Although would that mean I’d have to wake up at four in the morning?

I work in fear that my manager will begin to pick up on my lack of productivity in the afternoon and start to notice how I’m always one of the first to leave in the evening. In the past, I’ve had managers who were willing to work with me and let me leave a half hour or fifteen minutes earlier — but then again, I was arriving a half an hour earlier to work too-and getting in trouble for accumulating crazy amounts of over-time. Morning person problems, I guess.

Perhaps I get up so early because of this fear that has been instilled in me since childhood about being late, of not doing things on time. I guess being the last kid picked up from middle school dances for three years in a row can do that to a person. TC mark

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  • Guest

    i dont like this

  • http://twitter.com/CestCharlene Charlene

    What time do you sleep?

  • ashley

    You’re crazy. 

  • Maja

    I actually envy you. I’d like to have such willpower to be able to greet the morning, especially on weekends, and to have that precious, quiet, slow time to myself. 

  • ummm

    I love it.  I’m a morning person also and it’s the best time of the day.  It’s quiet, the air is cooler, and you feel like you have the world to yourself.  Make some coffee, read the paper, have a cigarette.  I’m with you girl. 

  • Jen

    This is confusing and not very well written.  I think she contradicts herself; she makes it seem like her body wants to wake up at 5AM, then she says “Don’t get me wrong, though, waking up and getting out of bed at five every morning isn’t always easy.”  I honestly can’t tell if she’s waking up early, or if her body just does it.  I don’t even really get the point.  I feel very unsatisfied having read this, and a bit annoyed.

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s going for the morning person mentality. Although physically sometimes it’s hard for her to get herself up & does not enjoy the tired feeling, her brain won’t let her sleep in even if she tries. I thought it was written well.

  • Allie

    Work in government contracting in DC. Most people work 7am-3pm days, but you can go even nuttier and work 6am-2pm if you want. 

  • http://summerslowrunner.wordpress.com/ Summer

     I used to work in a call center and my shift was from 6am – 2:30pm. I loved it. I could get off work, go to the gym and be home and showered up by the time everyone else was leaving the office. Of course, I also often went to bed at 9 or 10pm, but whatever.

    I still get up at 5am 3-4 times a week now because I like going to the gym before work. It’s not always easy, but once I’m actually up and moving around, I’m fine.

  • http://twitter.com/tannnyaya Tanya Salyers

    This is really redundant. 

  • Pinion

    Sometimes I read shit like this and then think about the backlog of great stuff TC must SURELY have that they are NOT publishing in favour of shit like this, and I go, “What the shit.” 

  • Verbro

    you are going to get sick if you don’t start sleeping more, this is weird.

  • Wendy

    I can totally relate!

  • http://twitter.com/sierrabarter sierra barter

    i wish i was a morning person. this is really well written and i love her writing style

  • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa

    I’m up at 5:00, I shower, and then catch Roseanne reruns before work!  They’re on the first season right now…I think you should add that to your morning routine.

  • Rachael

    Haha you should be a diner waitress. Those shifts are always 6/7am-2/3pm

  • Sama

    I know exactly what you mean – I am a morning person too. I’m not up at 5, more like 6.30-7am every morning, but I have that intrinsic feeling in the morning that if I don’t get up at that time, I’m missing out on the day. It’s not that I’m over-enthusiastic about getting going (in fact I am the opposite of enthusiastic) – I’m just highly neurotic and an obsessive planner, and I need my time in the morning to do all my thinking and planning. 

    Having said that, being up at the crack of dawn feels incredibly peaceful and lovely. 

  • Taya

    oooo yes I am a totally early-riser lady. It is fabulous to wake up in the early morning, I have so much time for myself before the day starts. And I have the same thing as the author, I am attractive to the guys…. all the time… it is my karma, although I am a loyal lark! :) thanks for a pleasantly writing article for my early morning ;) 

  • http://twitter.com/fayerfayter Fire

    I’m a night owl but for similar reasons. I get a lot of things done after hours (when everyone is asleep). Morning people get their alone time in the morning before anyone has woken up. Maybe that’s why you are attracted to those on a different phase: two morning people would have to share the morning, but a night owl and a morning lark get to keep their own time undisturbed (maybe it’s just me who enjoys the silence at those hours??).

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a massive waste of time.  

  • http://twitter.com/Amphx AnnaMariaPhilippeaux

    I am 100% a morning person and I’m proud! I feel like I have the whole world to myself in the mornings. I love seeing the morning light pour in and get brighter, I love the peacefulness, I love the quiet contemplation of the potential of the day ahead of me. I also hate feeling rushed, and waking up early prevents that. I enjoy a cup of tea and my own company, and my day is off to a good start, always. 

  • Charlie

    I actually do work from 6 to 2:30; I have to get up at 4:30, it’s not fun. But it is nice to nap the afternoon away

  • Torben

    I’m an early riser too. I rarely have problems to get up early, but my productivity level varies from day to day – that’s weird. Sometimes i’m more productive in the morning when i’m alone in the office – on other days i’m quite lazy in the morning and productivity kicks in the afternoon or even in the evening. Crazy :)

  • samantha

    this is dull. look at the comments it’s provoked: “I wake up at 7 every morning!” “I hate waking up early!” “blah blah this is my sleep schedule circadian rhythm blah”
    you might as well have written an article about your favorite color.
    also, hasn’t this been done several times?

  • Morning Person

    Dear Ashley:

    It is nice to find a kindred spirit through the vastness of the Internet :) Like you, I am the strange, rare breed that is known and despised as “Morning person”. My coworkers are baffled at how unbelievably cheery I can be stepping in to work at 7AM, knowing full well that my commute is roughly an hour and a half long. I need to wake up at 5AM for work, but still do so if I have the day off because, like you, it just MAKES SENSE.

    Most hospitals employ their staff (Nurses, Pharmacy technicians, etc.) for shift-work and is likely divided between 7AM-3PM, 3PM-11PM, and 11PM-7AM. I would highly advise you to consider this lifestyle as a morning person. It is working wonders for me!

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