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How to Become a Morning Person

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Can a night owl become a morning person? Follow our very own staffer as she learns how to sleep better and love waking up in the mornings.

From Snooze-Button Addict to Morning Person

I have always wanted to be one of those women who jump out of bed and into a pair of running shoes at 7 a.m. What an amazing feeling: to stroll into work after a three-mile jog, a Spinning class, or a series of sun salutations. I wouldn't know.

"Um, really?" my husband asks on Monday night when I tell him I'm going to the gym the next morning at seven. Why the skepticism? He shoots me a knowing look.


7:00 a.m. Alarm blares. Ugh, I should get up.
7:15 a.m. My gym clothes are right there! I laid them out on my chair last night!
7:30 a.m. I should at least get up and do a workout DVD.
7:45 a.m. Too late to work out; might as well cozy up and sleep some more.
8:00 a.m. Now I have to get up or else I'll be late.

Clearly my morning sluggishness is cramping my workout style. But can I change my night-owl ways? Because I've snoozed through the better part of three decades, I'm pretty sure I'm just inherently lazy. But I'm determined to try, so I call in the troops: the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. After I tell them about my mission to get more out of my mornings, they set me up with my very own sleep guru, Colette Haward, MD, a psychiatrist in New York City. At our first meeting, my future as an early riser looks bright. "There's a genetic component to your circadian clock. But for many people, behavioral changes make a big difference," Dr. Haward says. She tells me that it typically takes a few weeks to get on a better sleep schedule. I'm yawning already.

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afhoward11 wrote:

Why do all these people who say they get up at 5 am come to this article to read it in the first place? Obviously this is for people who want to adjust their sleep schedule -- read the title. I for one, found the article very helpful and might try showers and meditation before bed.

11/4/2013 04:29:11 PM Report Abuse
joy.carlson wrote:

who the heck is sleeping til 8 a.m?

10/24/2013 03:31:22 PM Report Abuse
dstein2465069 wrote:

Let me get this straight...I have to spend $130 on a machine that makes noise, $223 for a blanket, and another $130 on an alarm clock? Almost $500? Eh, I think I'll stick to being a night owl. Stupid article and not very practical. Who has time to shower or bathe every night before bed, journal AND meditate? I'd rather sleep thank you very much

10/24/2013 01:16:07 PM Report Abuse
bmruddock wrote:

Loved it!! She and I are snooze experts with our alarms.. Perhaps there is hope for me

10/24/2013 11:54:48 AM Report Abuse
cheryle.bussey wrote:

I think this article is timely. I've wanted to rise earlier to get in a workout, but it's been difficult. So, now I have a plan to follow and no chance to fail. Thanks

10/24/2013 09:59:43 AM Report Abuse

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