Tips for not being a night owl and becoming a morning person

Alisha - posted on 06/30/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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So Im a night owl and not so much a morning person but i wanna switch that as my oldest is going to be starting school and well really i have been tryin to switch for yrs. I get up around 7ish (really whenever my children wake up) and go to bed between 11pm-1am. I want to get up at 5-530ish. I do it for a few nights but i wanna keep doing it however when i try to go to be at 10 I just cant sleep even if im up early like i wanna be but then by the time a few days pass i just dont have the energy to wake so early. Any Ideas on how I can get myself to switch my clock around?

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Belinda - posted on 07/05/2011

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Instead of going to bed so much earlier every night try to do it gradually and push bedtime back about 15-30 minutes every few nights. Why try to change something in a couple of weeks when you have been doing it all your adult life?



Start with Going to bed at 11pm for a few nights and then push it back, I am sure that you will get used to it. Obviously cold turkey doesn't work for you.

Katherine - posted on 07/02/2011

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My problem is that those times are "me" time. So I stay up late to get on the computer and read or whatever.
Maybe if you find a different way to get some me time you won't feel the need to stay up late and you'll be able to go to bed earlier.
I have also exhausted myself and gone to bed at 7 with my 2yo too lol.
But that's my biggest issue.

Stifler's - posted on 07/01/2011

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Just go to bed early and stay in bed, it will only take a few days to start falling asleep earlier and having more energy in the mornings.

Alisha - posted on 07/01/2011

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That would be agreat Idea, however my hubby leaves for work around 430. I did good this morning :D and was in bed by before 11 last night :D

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2011

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Maybe if you can schedule something really early in the morning so that you have to wake up then, it might be easier. I worked afternoons in a nursing home for 6 years before switching to day shift. I had no other choice, but to get up at 4am or lose my job. Maybe you can talk a friend into an early morning walk/jog while your SO is still home so you don't have to wake the kids. That way you get the blood moving early, and you know you have someone else counting on you to get up early.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/05/2011

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Well, usually night owls want that peaceful time to themselves. They also have a heck of a time waking up in the morning so if you wake up really early, early enough to do the whole 'aaaaaaaah I don't want to be awake' process, then you have time to yourself to do all the things you want before you have to do the daily stuff that well, you usually stay up at night to wind down from. My mom and boyfriend are huuuuuge night owls. I can be, my schedule shifts easily to whenever I want and need it but well, mornings I can jump up and be fine with. Afternoons seem to be my creative time and night time I either poop out totally or can get that 4th wind lol

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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I get up at 5 and try to go back to bed but I hardly ever get good sleep so I get up and have 4 coffees just so I can be in a decent mood by 7.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/05/2011

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Start waking up at 4 am, that way you have time to yourself in the mornings before your kids get up around 5 am. It will also give you the time to adjust to the morning schedule, which is crucial if your a night owl. Switch some of your habits at night (surfing the web, or folding laundry) to the morning. That way you wake up and have something to do too. Set the alarm clock, make yourself get up every morning no matter how tired you are otherwise it's just not going to stick either. If 4 am doesn't work, try getting up at 3am. I'd say try getting up at 3am. That way you get time to yourself with your hubby in the morning too before he leaves for work. So you can have you time, and hubby time before a whole day of kids.

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2011

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if your not asleep in 15-20min get up and doing something that bores you not something that useing alot of brain funtion or raises your heart rate do that activity for 5-10min then try going back to bed also there is a nuteral supliment u can take its called melitonin its what our bodys produce to make us sleepy also you can make sure your not in a highy lighted area right before bed all these things help people swich scheduals... they have helped me

Stifler's - posted on 07/02/2011

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I struggle in the afternoons too, it's so bad. My kids are the most cranky in teh afternoon :(

Elfrieda - posted on 07/02/2011

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I think you're fighting a losing battle there, Alisha. If you're a night owl, that's the time you're always going to feel clearest and most energetic. I think the best you can do is try to move that "night owl" time up by an hour or two. Like, if you usually start perking up around 9 pm and are ready to take on the world and clean the house and do all kinds of things, maybe you could start at 8 pm instead, and adjust in that way.

My husband is a morning person, and is most definitely not a night owl. It's like he's a wind-up toy that moves slower and slower and shuts off almost exactly at 9 pm. It's crazy, we make jokes about it, "What? You're not making sense. Is it after 9?" And sure enough, it's 9:20.

For myself, I'm a night owl, but I don't mind mornings either, it's just that I'm not really smart in the morning. Afternoons are when I really struggle to stay awake and pleasant.

If you function okay at 5 am, that's great, and it might actually work for you. Maybe you could catch a nap in the middle of the day to supplement your sleep? Good luck with your self-improvement campaign! :)

Stifler's - posted on 07/02/2011

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I used to stay up late to have me-time now it's really early before the kids get up in the morning.

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2011

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im like that a night person and i really need to change the time i go to bed

Alisha - posted on 06/30/2011

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Thanx for the advice! Im not a napper, just a night owl. . . . I have done it longer then just a few days but Always find it hard to go to bed . .. the longest I have done it was over just about 2 wks, but still had the problem of fallin asleep. . . I get so tired and just cant sleep. . . the days i do get up when i want i feel so much better about myself. . . ugh well im going to start tryin and this time ill get it switched! I have Always mean this way and i just wanna be a morning person. . . geeez is it so hard to ask for. . lol

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here is one thing that might work to switch your clock but you need to be strong for 24 hrs straight stay up then go to bed when the kids do and get up when they do this with start a rhythm. but you can't cheat no naps .

Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2011

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The reason it isn't working, is that you are giving up on it too early. Keep setting your alarm for the 5-5:30 which ever you prefer, and keep getting up at that time. When you hit the point that it is so hard in the morning to get up, get up anyway. Yes, you will be very tired all day, but keep yourself busy, and don't let yourself take a nap. I bet by that night, you will be tired enough, that you will go to bed early (maybe not the time you want, but I bet earlier than you were before) If you keep waking up at the same time every day, your body will adjust. This includes weekends too. Until your body is fully adjusted (usually takes 2-3 weeks), you can't let yourself sleep in even once.

Laura - posted on 06/30/2011

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I'm pretty sure it just has to do with repetition, and not letting yourself push snooze on your alarm clock. Once you start getting up that early, your body won't let you go to sleep late anymore. That happened to me when I had to start getting up at 4:30 am for work every morning. I did that for several months, and after about a week, I couldn't go to bed past around 9pm. If you wake up at the same time everyday without fail, than your body will do the adjusting for you.

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