Morning people: why do they like getting up early?

Are you a morning person? What does that even mean? We asked six people who choose to get up earlier than necessary why they do it, what they do first thing and if they consider themselves morning people…

(This was originally published in April 2016)

The human race is divided into three groups: morning people, night owls and those who sit somewhere in the middle. Morning people function best first thing in the morning, while night owls like to work through the night and sleep later in the morning.

We spoke to six people who actively choose to rise early each day to hear why they do it, and what they use the time for…

Laura Amiss, 36, is an artist living in HollandLaura Amiss - artist - morning people - theearlyhour.com

What time do you wake up?
During the week my alarm goes off at 5.45, I like to be downstairs by 6am.

What wakes you up?
It is mostly my alarm clock, but frequently it’s my youngest child (two years nine months) who is regularly ready to start his day pre-6am.

How do you feel?
I generally feel good, I sleep very well, I don’t spring out of bed but I am happy to get up and enjoy the morning. However hard it is to crawl out of bed I know I will feel so much better after having some time to myself and preparing for the day.

Have you always been a morning person?
I have always been a morning person, I remember as a teenage being super frustrated that none of my friends or brother were up on a Saturday morning ready to hang out! Now as an adult my morning time is crucial for setting up my day, it’s the only time in the day where I can carve out a quiet moment. It’s as if it’s my secret time.

What does a morning person do first thing?

What do you do first thing?
I go downstairs to make a cup of tea and assemble my older two children’s packed lunches whilst listening to The Archers online (I am a life-long fan). Before I need to wake the rest of the house I like to fit in a yoga session, I do classes online. I also check my emails and look at what I have to do for work during that day.

How might the rest of your day pan out?
I wake the rest of the house (who aren’t morning people) at about 7am, this generally involves a lot of duvet pulling and threats of cold, wet flannels which is a standing joke I have with my older kids. By 8am the three kids are ready to leave for either school or nursery and my working day begins again at 8.30.

I mainly work alone, so my morning will be spent processing orders from my online shop, answering emails, working on new designs and most likely a post office run. I have limited working hours so a good start for me is crucial both practically and mentally. With three kids (aged two, seven and nine) and a business to run you need to be prepared for the unexpected, I think my early starts are my attempt to keep on top of it all.

What time do you go to bed?
I try and go to bed at 10/10.30pm and read a little, 11pm is lights out.


Caroline Wellingham, 32, works in strategy for a bank in the City (London)Mornings - morning person - Caroline Wellingham - theearlyhour.com

What time do you wake up?
I wake up at 5am every day.

How do you feel?
I feel ok. I don’t snooze my phone, I just get up straight away.

What do you do first thing?
I follow a one hour morning routine consisting of the following (in this order): meditation (10 minute guided meditation on YouTube), reading (a motivational/ personal development book), affirmations (about 15 positive statements about me and my life), visualisation (using a vision board), journaling (writing down all the things I am grateful for), exercise (following a ten minute YouTube video e.g cardio, yoga).

Would you say you’re a morning person?
I trained myself to become a morning person by following this routine. This is an amazing way to start the day, you achieve so much before your day has even started and I feel fantastic after completing this.

How might the rest of your day pan out (where are you working/ what are you doing)?
My days are fantastic and filled with positivity, I am literally brimming over with positivity. I don’t let the little things bother me. I am really productive. I work in strategy for a bank in the City (London) and I also run my own life coaching business – Raise The Bar Life Coaching.

What time’s bedtime?
Any time between 9pm and 10pm.


Tom Bourlet, 28, is a senior digital marketer for The Stag Company 

Tom Bourlet - morning person - theearlyhour.com

What time do you wake up?
At the moment, it’s between 5.30-6.00am, giving me enough time to go to the gym before work.

How do you feel?
The first sound of the alarm isn’t very nice, but I switched my loud irritating alarm for a radio alarm and it made a huge difference. I play Kiss FM, which tends to play quite fast paced music, which is perfect for getting me motivated first thing in the morning.

What do you do first thing?
I make up my breakfast, while I also pack my bag containing my food for the entire day. I make sure music is playing while I’m getting ready, to keep my energy levels up.

You said you’ve only recently chosen to get up early: what changed?
I used to go to the gym in the evening, several hours after work, however I found I never had enough energy to truly push myself. It is also nice to get the gym out of the way, so when work is finished and you’re back home, the evening is yours to do what you want with.

How might the rest of your day pan out?
I work at The Stag Company as a senior digital marketer. While I spend most of the day sat in front of the computer, I need to be active at all times, as I’m constantly speaking to journalists and running campaigns. Throughout the morning, the early buzz stays, however the one point in the day where it all seems to drip out of me is 2pm exactly. Getting over that crash is my main issue at the moment, however I now try to take a 10-minute walk just as my energy levels dip.

What time do morning people go to bed…?

What time’s bedtime?
I don’t operate on anything less than eight hours sleep. Having said that, I’m guilty of staying up later. I practice the saxophone, I handle freelance work and I cook for the day ahead every evening, so when I finally get 10 minutes to relax and read Skysports or watch Family Guy it can be tempting to stay up a bit longer. At the moment I’m getting into bed at around 10pm… ish.


Melanie Jones, 39, (pictured below, left) runs a PR companymornings - morning person - Melanie Jones - theearlyhour.com

What time do you wake up? 
I wake up between 4.30-5.00am.

How do you feel?
If I went to bed at a decent time – before 10/11pm – I will feel rested. It is the most peaceful time of day as the rest of the world is still asleep.

What do you do first thing?
I will have one or two glasses of water first thing. On a nice day I will get out for walk or a jog to absorb the sunrise, the world waking up, getting fresh air and moving. I like creating a serene and peaceful state of mind as this helps me through the day.

Would you say you’re a morning person? 
It depends on what I am working on, as my schedule does not remain that clear cut. For example, when I am working on upcoming events at Berlin Fashion Week or London Fashion Week, if I do get time to myself  – a couple of free days – I will wake up later but often “later” is 6 or 7am. During fashion weeks I can end up having only two-four hours sleep a night.

How might the rest of your day pan out?
I work as much as I can from home as my time is precious and if I can avoid the commute I will. However, my work and projects do require travelling. I do think it is important to physically network and maintain relationships with clients so I make it a point of seeing them regularly. A lot of my day is spent on the computer and the phone, dealing with clients and the day-to-day runnings of a business.

What time’s bedtime?
On an ideal day I get to bed around 10pm. I am trying not to burn the candle at both ends anymore. It doesn’t make you effective, just ill.


Annie Ridout, 30, is founder and editor of The Early Hour and a freelance journalist

What time are you up in the morning?
6.30am weekdays, whenever my daughter wakes us up at the weekend (usually around 7am). Unless I wake up naturally earlier – then I’ll get up. I’m not a ‘snoozer’ and lie-ins don’t interest me.

What wakes you up?
My husband’s vibrating alarm clock. I almost always hear it first and wake him up before the vibrations wake the toddler up. Once she’s awake, there’s no going back and I relish my half an hour of solo time first thing.

How do you feel?
Normally, I feel fairly sprightly. It depends how deeply I’m sleeping. Today, for instance, I was having vivid, complicated dreams so the alarm