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Waking Up Early: Is It Worth It If You’re Not A Morning Person

As much as I wish I was a morning person, I have always been someone who struggles with waking up really early. I’ve tried resetting my natural clock many times, and although I do wake up way earlier than I used to, I still wouldn’t consider it to be really early. I thought I would share my thoughts on if waking up early is worth it as a non-morning person, + some tips on finding the best sleep schedule for you!

Waking Up Early As A Non-Morning Person: My Personal Experience

As someone who is not naturally a morning person, I wanted to see if changing my natural clock would make a difference in my daily productivity levels. I tried waking up at 6:30 AM every day for a month to see if it would really make a difference. It was lovely to get up with the sun but I found, in the long run, it didn’t do too much for my productivity levels. I did have more time in the morning to relax, read, and get ready, which was great. But since I was still tired I ended up doing my best work at the same time as I did getting up later. My natural clock gets me up anywhere between 7:30 to 8:30, which I’ve realized that for me personally, this is perfectly fine.

My Thoughts + Tips

Here are some of the things I’ve come to the conclusion about having to be a “morning person”:

Outfit | Striped Tee: Gap | Denim Jacket: Target | Pants: ASOS | Tote Bag: Ikea | Oxfords: EuroSoft |

And those are my thoughts and tips of if waking up early as a non-morning person is worth it! Are you a morning person or a night owl?


30 responses to “Waking Up Early: Is It Worth It If You’re Not A Morning Person”

  1. Layla says:

    This is such a lovely post – on a personal level, I feel like it help me get much more work done for the day when I wake up early however there are days when I just want a little bit of extra sleep so I do what I feel it right for me.

    I do think it’s worth it overall as it allows you to get things ready for the day ahead without being rushed or feeling stressed! 🙂

    Hope you’re well and having a lovely week and can’t wait to see more!

    Layla x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Layla! That’s great and so important that you listen to your body and allow it to get the sleep it needs. You’re right that you definitely need enough time to get ready in the morning to not stress. I hope you’re having an amazing week! x

  2. Itzel Najar says:

    thanks for the tips!
    I´m not a morning person!

  3. Janet says:

    This is so my daughter too! She feels exactly the same way, if she wakes up early she gets too tired during the day. I generally get up around 6:30 am but on the weekends I have a sleep in until 8:30 am to 9 am. I think you are doing the right thing for your body, and mental health is so important, if things are still getting done what difference does it matter what that time is. Love your outfit Kara! xx

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! That’s great that you get up so early on weekdays but let yourself sleep in on the weekends. And exactly! I’ve been reminding myself that as long as everything gets done it doesn’t matter when I got up. Thank you so much, Janet!

  4. It’s definitely worth it for me because I am much more productive when I get up early. I also pretty much have to if I want to workout that day before work because I don’t like working out after work, I am exhausted. I am usually up at or between 5 AM- 5:20 on M-F. If one is not a morning person it does take some getting used to.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Knowing when you work best is really important, so that’s great that you’ve found a schedule that works best for you! x

  5. Kathrin says:

    I’m definitely a night owl and no matter how many times I’ve tried to reset my schedule, it has never really worked. I just end up getting out of bed completely exhausted and am unproductive like you said.

    It’s great that you found your best schedule though. Hope you have a great week.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s really hard to reset your schedule, but it’s good that you know that getting up earlier doesn’t work for you. Sleeping later and being productive is much better than getting up early and being unproductive. I hope you’re having a great week! x

  6. I’m a night owl – my body clock wakes up at 10am haha.


  7. I am a morning person and get so much done but I realize it is hard for some. Love this chic jacket and I adore the tote!

  8. Lorna says:

    I struggle with mornings too, I’m naturally a night owl so it’s not something I can change to, no matter how hard I try, I always revert back!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  9. Quinn says:

    I love that you did this little experiment! I agree – waking up extra early sometimes isn’t as helpful. And you end up sleepier! I have to wake up super early for work, so I have no choice 😉 But if I did – it would be 7:30/8 too xx

  10. Ashley says:

    I am not a morning person, but I have noticed that my natural clock has shifted earlier as I’ve gotten older- I used to be able to sleep until 1 or 2 (the horror!) on the weekends, but now I naturally get up by 9.

    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. Grace Louise says:

    Gorgeous post Hun – whenever I wake up early I always feel so much more productive during the day ahead!! x

    Grace Louise ||

  12. Kasie says:

    This is such an interesting post. I used to be a total morning person and, as I have gotten older, that seems to be changing. It’s really good to know that waking up early didn’t miraculously change your productivity levels. It makes me feel better about my desire to sleep in!

  13. Simone says:

    I’m a total morning person I have to say, luckily I do not need to sleep in very long in the morning. That way the mornings give me enough time to run errands and spend the afternoon with my kids. Very lovely tips Kara!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  14. Jessica says:

    I’m so not a morning person, but I’ve been getting up early (we all have) because my daughter started preschool, and i think it’s okay! Just have to make sure I go to bed on time, which is definitely easier said than done some days!

  15. Radi says:

    I’m far away from being a morning person. I wake up at 11 LOL!
    But sometimes when I have to get up early, I like that I have so much time to relax and get things done.

  16. Kinga K says:

    I always do it,pretty pics ❤

  17. What a beautiful outfit and photos, you look amazing

  18. I am totally not a morning person and I can only get up early if I am forced too

  19. I used to be a morning person, after kids not so much although I still get woken up by my son at 5.00am as he is a morning person. You get so much done I just wish I wasn’t too tired. Loving your ensemble by the way!


  20. You look really nice in this outfit! The photos are amazing!

  21. I have been a morning person all my life and it comes very easy to me as I’m most productive in the morning.

  22. Susie says:

    I am definitely more of an evening person than a morning one hahah! I really appreciate this post!! Thank you 🙂

  23. areeba says:

    thanks for sharing these tips babe! I’m not at all a morning person! always struggling to get up early ! reading your post makes me realise that its not too bad if I wake up at 8/9 a.m.

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