Are You A Morning Person?

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It is a given fact and the truth that most entrepreneurs wake up early and stay up late to keep their businesses alive and growing. Although we get up early and stay up late, does that really make us a morning person or night owl? No not really, most of the time we force ourselves to not hit that ‘oh so amazing’ snooze button and instead get up and hit the grind.

You may be wondering though ‘is there a way to a make yourself a morning person?’ In reality their really is no such thing as a morning person in my eyes. I think it has more to do with prepping yourself, not only the night before but throughout the day. There are a handful of things you can do to make it easier to wake up in the morning and get your day started.

Here are several ways to become an early riser and morning person:

  • Exercise: The Earlier, The Better – By exercising first thing in the morning you can increase your body temperature for up to 5 hours. This means more energy to get you through that midday crash and your workout session out of the way for the day.
  • Avoid Artificial Light: If you have any light in your sleeping quarters like a night light, alarm clock, or even small standby light on your TV can make a difference in your sleeping panel. If you can try to black out your room, use black tape over standby lights and create an organic environment to sleep in.
  • Eat Protein By Day, Drink Dairy By Night: Protein is hard on the stomach and difficult for your digestive system to digest, so by eating protein during the day it will give your stomach time to digest. Just like growing up, make sure to drink a cup of milk in the evening. Milk can assist you in falling asleep and staying asleep. Many dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk and rice milk have tryptophan in it as well but not nearly as much as dairy milk.
  • No More Napping: Naps can be the enemy to a good nights sleep, especially if they are over 25 minutes long. Your body goes into deep sleep after 25 minutes, which is no longer a nap and is when your body begins to restore. Waking up after a 25 minute nap may leave you groggy and cranky. So keep it short and brief, around 10 to 15 minutes is perfect!
  • Cut Back On The Chemicals: No more caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or sweets 4-6 hours before bed. It will leave your body craving more and a boost of energy you do not want during the night.
  • Save The Bedroom For Sleep: The bedroom should be a solitude, an environment that you have created where you can sleep well and dream often. Try to keep the TV out of the room and computers some where else. Any external things, rather than sleep, should be kept else where.

Check out this awesome infograph by and Gryffn Media. Easier to understand how to become a morning person or early riser if you are graphically inclined rather than text. ;)

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How do you get into the habit of waking up early in the morning?

Do you have any other tips you could add to these?

Is it important for you to wake up early or do you like being a night owl?


Til’ Next Time,


Kyle Nelson

30 Responses to Are You A Morning Person?

  1. Kyle,

    I have become a true night owl, getting my best work completed sometimes after midnight. Although I do not get up at the crack of dawn, I have been swimming early in the morning and my body feels good for most of the day as a result. I often add a workout at the health club later in the day. The computer, sitting, staring at a monitor and spending hours in artificial light is certainly not good for the body. At some point I will delegate the small tedious tasks and free up my time to end the day earlier.

    I loved the infographic. A real reminder about what is truly healthy.


    Dr. Erica
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  2. Lucy says:

    Hi Kyle. I think of myself as a morning person … I naturally wake up fairly early, without an alarm clock, and I am definitely not a night person. I struggle to stay awake much beyond 10 o’clock!

    But then I wonder whether part of it is habit – I go to bed early and therefore I’m ready to get up early and then I’m tired in the evening.

    I do like to keep my bedroom as a very calm environment with no clutter and no TV which probably helps me to sleep – though recently I’ve got into a bad habit of checking mail, social media, etc, on my phone, which isn’t ideal. I should put a stop to that!
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  3. Hello Kyle, Great infographic my friend! I do wake up every morning at 7 like clock work No alarm clock needed..

    I usually call try to call it a day about midnight but sometime it does get a little later.. I do tend to get some studying done late a night. LOL

    I have always been a person who functions very well on 5 – 6 hours of sleep a day unlike most people who need 8..

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))
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  4. Sarah Arrow says:

    Hi Kyle, interesting tip about the early morning exercise. I’ve never been an early riser (as an adult), is it too late to train me back into the habit?
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  5. Hi Kyle,

    I was never a morning person! Oh I do try by going to bed earlier sometimes, but it just doesn’t happen. Now that the days are becoming shorter, I do wake up earlier. It must be the natural light that I’m craving.

    I love this infographic, but I do need to do some of those things you have kindly put on there. More exercise, less coffee, and not watching TV in the bedroom.

    Maybe I’ll take this one step at a time.


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  6. Mark says:

    Totally cool infographic Kyle!

    I had not previously heard that little factoid about your body temperature increases 4-5 hours with exercising!

    I had no idea the time frame was so long!And I could definitely see how starting your day off with some good cardiovascular would help carry on throughout your day.

    And cutting out the caffeine late at night definitely makes sense too! Thanks!
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  7. Hello Kyle …..I have always been an early riser……I have to force myself to keep at it in the evenings after my 9 to 5…..I take a break and then get at it for a couple hours…..sometimes I have to just lie down……Those just lie down times are telling me I need rest….Very informative article Kyle….I can see where I could tweek a couple habits of my own to make my day more efficient …..Thanks ……Smokey
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  8. Nile says:

    Because of my career, I work with people from around the work. Lately, I’ve been going to bed a lot earlier, but it is quite common for me to be up at night and sleep during the day. It’s usually the most creative time for me as well.
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  9. I have always been a natural morning person. A trick that I share with others who want to become a morning person: start setting your alarm for 30-60 minutes earlier than usual, eventually your internal clock adapts to this change and you will start waking up naturally at – dare I say it – 6 AM?! In those 30-60 minutes of you time, there are a number of healthy habits you can start.
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  10. Zach says:

    If by morning person, you mean, I take advantage of the mornings to sleep, then that’s me!

    I find that owning my own business, I get up earlier and earlier, but don’t go to bed any earlier. Exercising in the morning helps—now I know why.
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  11. Sue Bride says:

    I’ve always had a problem with my sleep patterns. As a small child I’d be put to bed at 7pm and would still be awake at midnight. When I kept to a strict sleep regime when I had a 9-5 job I was constantly tired. Now I work from home and sleep when I need it and that suits me fine.
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  12. Kyle Holcomb says:

    Hello Kyle,

    wonderful post full of great tips. It is very true that entrepreneurs wake up early and go to bed late. Well, at least it is true for me. I work long hours, but I exercise a lot as well and I eat a healthy diet. I believe that a mix of the two definitely helps me perform as I do on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing!
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  13. I think people very definitely CAN be naturally morning persons or night owls. I’ve struggled most of my life with the tendency to stay up late, because that’s when I work best.

    As a child, I was sent to bed early, at 8pm, and even in high school 10pm was late to be up. But whenever it was left up to me, I invariably stayed up later and later.

    I was in my 30s, and mother of several children, when I asked my mom if I was a night owl as a baby. She said YES, I was a night owl from Day 1 — even though my mom has always been a morning person. She would put me down early in the evening, and I would still be awake several hours later.

    I can get up early if I have to, but it isn’t my natural tendency, and I’m not really awake till mid-morning.

    That said, it’s easy to slip into the way of least resistance, i.e. the bad habit of going to bed in the wee hours every night. Even at my age, it’s not too late to change. Thanks for the wise recommendations. :)
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  14. Hmm. Well, I don’t think keeping EVERYTHING out of the bedroom except sleep is a good option . . . :). My opinion is that it’s best to work with your own body’s rhythms. We’re all different. We all have different times when we’re at our peak during the day. I think a valuable productivity tip is to become aware of that for ourselves and work with it . . . and accept it. There’s no right way. It’s not “better” to get up early. And I know a lot of successful entrepreneurs who only work a few hours a day . . . and they set their schedule for what works with the rest of their life.
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  15. Hi Kyle. These are all super fantastic tips to get your body back in balance and on a normal schedule. I do almost all of these things and find that it really does help make me feel better and function better.

    With regard to your suggestion for having dairy for night, I learned while I was in an Ayurvedic practitioner program that a date shake — warm milk and dates — is a great drink to assist with falling asleep. It’s full of calcium and magnesium, so it really does help. And I might add it’s super tasty! In addition to that, herbal teas, such as passionfruit and chamomile, are always helpful, too.
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  16. Amiti says:

    Hi Kyle,

    I’d like to say that I am a morning person, but I am probably more intermediate with a slight pull to morning. Great infographic, and I am going to make sure I get in a better morning workout!
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  17. Kyle, love the infographic and tips you provided in your post! I do have a tendency to stay up late several nights during the week working on the computer or creating new recipes to test, but I would not call myself a night owl. I like getting up in the morning, drinking my lemon water, having a protein shake and then doing my workout. After I finish my workout, I eat another meal and then start my work for business. This routine really helps me stay focused and consistent. Thanks for the excellent post!
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  18. Heather says:

    I am SO not a morning person. Never have been. I AM a night owl. It is why I work from home though. :)
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  19. Hi Kyle,
    great suggestions and infographic.

    One thing I have found is that I feel more awake if I get up at 4 or 5 or 6 instead of dozing off again and then drag myself out of bed at seven or later.

    Eating soaked cashews in the evening helps me with a good night sleep.

    Thanks for sharing this!
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  20. I wish I was but nope. I’ve always been a night owl.

  21. victoria m. says:

    Thank you for sharing about the Math Alarm app… I think I may need this for my boyfriend’s sake seeing as I am notorious for snoozing for an hour before I get up. I can see how it really forces you to get your brain going.
    I may also go back to doing yoga in the morning… I’ve been putting it off for so long but since I started the habit of getting up at 630 am daily I am crashing hard around 1 or 2 when I like to take my naps… unfortunately I can’t always take a nap at that time.
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  22. I’m no-ot a morning person!! :)

    I will wake up early, though, to do my one hour HIIT – that I can’t wait to wake up for!
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  23. Siphosith says:

    I like your infographic very cool. I am a morning person, do not need an alarm work up at the same time all the time and will need to go to bed early in order to function throughout the day. I don’t take naps during the day and I have to sleep in total darkness. Thanks for the tips.
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  24. Kyle, most people who are 100% self-employed in some way. Keep little hours working at all. I only work 2 hours a week for over 10 years. I own my company for over 32 years now. I still spend little time working.

    It depends on if your setup your foundation first. Then, establish a real operations. That will make a difference of working like if you are still 9-5 drone. I do apologies if I offend anyone with that title. I am keeping it real. However, being a real Entrepreneur is different than having the same mentality, when you work for a company or someone else.

    Sleep plays no factor in my live. I have insomnia for over 28 years based on child hood location, in California on a military base. Contaminated water. Yet, it has its benefits and yes I eat properly to keep strength and work well.

    I stay up for over 2 days prior to being able to sleep. Even with my Doctors all my life. There is nothing that makes me sleep. My metabolism is different and that makes me unique.

    Yet I have a networking, in Massachusetts and worldwide. So, being able to last long hours for networking purposes is a must. Every Entrepreneur that has 10 or more years only working for themselves. Will tell you that it all depends on that year’s projects. How much sleep they get.

    I agree with you, for the most of your insight on the subject of sleep. Yet, that is for average people who work 9-5 not us self-employed. It depends on what you do being an Entrepreneur. I spend 98% speaking with people and listening to them share what they believe their future should look like. I go out and have lots of lunches, dinner meetings. I go to lots of social gatherings, for Art, Science and just about anything worth value, for my personal growth. I make connections at every event. That is my work, to connect with new contacts each day. That only takes less than 20 minutes each day.

    This of course Kyle, is a unique view of a Entrepreneur. One who is mature in our industry. So, my case study would be out of the norm for those who have little, to know experience being 100% self sufficient, being a real Entrepreneur. It is a hunger and choice, with a lifetime of sacrifice. Not all will ever make it, to the level of being real. Yet, sleep is something, our bodies tell us when it is time.
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    • Kyle Nelson says:

      Hey William,

      Your input is always great and really helps to add to my blog posts. Thanks for the wonderful view and breaking down your thoughts on the above article. I think all of us are a bit different and our lifestyles change, especially those of us self-employed like you have mentioned.

      I hope the rest of my readers read your comment and see what others, like yourself, feel and views on the topic.

      Thanks again for ALL of your support!

  25. Thank you Kyle Nelson, for posting the quality information. Thank you William Amis for introducing this information to me.

    I tend to go with the flow of my life even in sleeping. There are days when I am a night owl and days when I am a morning person. I do get the sleep I need, but because of my brains makeup I sleep in short blocks. I will take action on the suggestions here and see if there are positive results.

    I will also share this information with people of National Seizure Disorders Foundation. Sleep is essential to brain healing and most of those living with seizures need help with sleep. I am confident this info will help many.

    Oh, look at the time. Now, time for me to sleep!

    Tonya Heathco, Founder
    National Seizure Disorders Foundation
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  26. Hi Kyle, I consider myself a morning person, but only if I go to bed early. Years ago, I got used to going to bed at 9 pm and getting up at 4 or 5 to study before I went to work. I still love getting up early in the morning, but I need at least 7 hours sleep. Thanks for the tips Kyle, they’re great!
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  27. I came back to this location in hopes of you responding to our comments. Yet, no worries as we are all capable of reading between the lines, per say. I just hope all the readers will see, what has been open to my eyes.

    Sleep is needed to function properly. I fight each day to walk away from my office and get rest. Even if it is to go out and socialize for a couple of hours. We have to watch our total time in front of a computer. Your eyes and mind need rest from it.

    Thanks for preparing this one article. Lots of benefits are hidden in it.
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    • Kyle Nelson says:


      I am not sure by what you mean on the first paragraph. We all have different ways of corresponding, replying and communicating with our following. I do my best to do what i can do with time restraints. This is my personal blog. I do not really do it for money, i dont throw a bunch of affiliate links or ask for people to buy things. I just try to share the info that i have learned with others. I respond to questions and other comments i feel need a response. Can you please go further on what your eyes have been open to? I am really confused on the angle of what you are saying :)

      I REALLY appreciate your continued support towards my blog and always cherish and appreciate your feedback on my blog posts. I will do my best to respond to comments, especially yours ;)

  28. Nile says:

    Nice advice, but just a thought… milk has protein in it. For a whole cup, even at 1% fat, it contains 8 grams of protein. Remember, it comes from an animal, so it contains those amino acids, much like red meat does.
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