Why I love to wake up at 5am, and 5 reasons why you should, too!


For as long as I can remember, I've always been a morning person. I love the mornings, and if you don't, I'm one of those annoyingly chirpy people who can bounce into the office at 8am with my coffee and be as happy as larry before everyone else has woken up properly. I was always that one friend at sleepovers that would have to lie awake for hours while I waited for my friends to finish sleeping. In primary school (yes, even at aged 7!), I used to get up at 6am, head downstairs and be doing those aerobic exercise classes that used to be on TV in the living room. Do you remember those?!


I can tell a lot of you are probably reading this thinking that I've totally lost it, but just hear me out. There are so many benefits to being an early bird, and while it is a lifestyle choice, it's definitely a change that could be worth it! I wrote a similar post a few years ago, and the response to it was insane - so I thought I'd do an updated version now I've been doing it slightly longer!

Q U I E T  T I M E.

You get to start the day before anybody else. It's like you get the whole world to yourself and it's fabulous. There's no one around outside and everything is just really quiet, calm and peaceful. It's my favourite time of the day, particularly in the summer months when it's already light outside and you get to watch the sunrise, just have the time to yourself, and really set yourself up for the day.


A V O I D I N G  R U S H  H O U R.

If you're a commuter like me, you'll know how truly awful rush hour can be, and it literally drives me insane. I'll always avoid peak-time if I can help it, and being an early riser definitely helps with this. You can be out of the door and on your way before anyone else, meaning the roads and trains are so much quieter, and your journey to work is a lot less stressful!


P R O D U C T I V I T Y.

Like I mentioned before, you start your day before anyone else, meaning that you have an extra hour or two to do whatever you want with. (I used to go to this gym until I fantastically fell off the health & fitness bandwagon!) Get on top of your blog emails before work, have a wonderful breakfast, catch up with the news, or tick something off your to-do list. There is literally no better feeling than already having had a productive few hours before 9am. It's such a feel good thing and something that will never grow old.



N E V E R  B E  L A T E.

hate being late. It makes me all kinds of nervous and panicky if I know I'm late to anything, so having that extra time to get ready at my own pace, and still be able to set off early, makes me so much happier. It also means you don't start your day rushing around trying to find the things or clothes that you need and starting your day already super stressed before you've even got to work.


M O R E  E N E R G Y.

Okay, so you may have to be in bed by 9pm at the latest, but if you're like me and you're not a night owl anyway, this is totally fine because we do still love sleep. ♥ But, it does mean that you have so much more energy in the mornings and at work. Not only am I more productive with my time before work, but I've also found that I get so much more done once I'm at my desk, too - and this is because my energy levels are through the roof if I've already had a great morning. 


Have I convinced you yet? You should totally try it for a few weeks and see how you feel. I love my mornings now, and if I ever lie in past 8am, I feel like I'm wasting my morning!

Soph



P.S Featured in this post is this amazing Desenio print, head over to my Instagram to see some more that I was very kindly gifted, AND until 29th June you can get 25% off with the discount code 'SOPHIEROSIE' - valid on everything except the handpicked category!

23 comments

  1. I couldn't agree more with you Sophie. Since I decided to wake up an earlier it's been such a positive change for my whole life. I realized how many precious hours I lost not waking up when my body wanted me to. You can really manage to do everything on your to do list if you even wake up a half an hour earlier. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. I'm so glad it's been good for you, too! Haha yes, I feel like this. If I wake up after 9 on the weekends now I feel like I've wasted half of my day! xx

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  2. I'm always so incredibly tired in the morning. Those few days where I can wake up at 6am I must admit I feel great! BUT I have such a hard time sleeping throughout the night that by the time 5am rolls up that's when I finally sleep. I mean I'm in bed without my phone or anything but I'm just laying there closing my eyes. Also for a future post I would be super interested in reading about your 'decoration' books under that table. Like what they're about and if they're interesting to just sit and browse.

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume ♡

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    1. Ahh it's the worst when you can't sleep :( and those posts are already on my list! :) xx

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  3. I love getting up earlier than everyone else! The only thing I find difficult is making myself go to sleep by 9pm, otherwise I'm a zombie!!xx
    ellaryder.com

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    1. Haha you do have to go to bed pretty early to be fair! xx

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  4. Oh I'm not sure I could ever wake up that early! Good job on you though Sophie! I feel like I need my sleep to function haha xxx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Haha I'm just a natural early bird, I think! x

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  5. I am exactly the same! I wake up at 6am every morning and cherish my 'me time' when I can blog, have my coffee and start to tick things off my to-do list. This also means that by the time my husband wakes up, I'm full of beans and talking a mile a minute, after 8 years you'd think he'd be used to it! :p Great post! :)

    Kelly
    www.theblossomtwins.com

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    1. This sounds like my most perfect morning, too! hahaha oh bless him! xx

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  6. You're SO right about productivity! I always feel so accomplished if I wake up early - & I always cross EVERYTHING off my to-do list.

    Sharni // A Girl & Grey

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    1. Isn't it just ~the~ best feeling?!

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  7. Ok, I'm gonna try this. I have been over sleeping every single day at the moment and it's driving me crazy! Being late to work always sets my day off on a bad foot. It is so nice to take time over breakfast and a cuppa T too! Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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    1. Oh man, I always get so stressed when I'm late, too :( Let me know how you get on if you do try it! xx

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  8. I loved reading this post! I love getting up early I always feel so much better for having that extra hour in the morning. I forgot how great waking up early is, thank you for reminding me :) x

    http://chloeharriets.com/

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  9. You've almost convinced me which is impressive because I am NOT a morning person. Maybe I'll give it a go and see how I get on, I certainly love the idea of being productive :) xx

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  10. Yes!!! Early mornings are the one girl!xxxx

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  11. I admit that I always feel so much better in myself when I get up early but I find it so hard! I barely ever get to sleep before 3am so getting up anytime before 8 is difficult! I'm trying to overhaul my sleeping patters so hopefully I'll be getting up much earlier in the near future!

    http://taradaniella.com/

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  12. I completely agree with all your points! I love waking up early while everybody is still sleeping, specially in a house where everyone is loud! I can enjoy the kitchen for myself and eat breakfast calmly and peacefully on my own and with my own thoughts. However, lately it has been really hard for me to get up as early as I wish because my family goes to bed really late so if I ever want to spend some time with them, I have to stay up later than I wished, which means extra hours of sleep in the morning!

    Rita | Tea & Curls

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  13. I've come to this post this morning after a mosquito woke me up at 6:30am (I'm in Italy, and as I only got here 2 days ago, my body is still an hour behind so it was basically 5:30...) Definitely agree about the quiet time, it's been rather lovely having a little catch up on blog stuff this morning whilst the rest of the world sleeps :) not sure if I could manage such early nights every day though xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

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  14. I want to work on becoming more of a morning person when I finish my job in 22 days. I would love to aim to get up at 6am and just have productive days and make use of as many hours in the day as I can.

    I would love to see a post on how you got into radio.

    Dionne
    www.deedeelouise.com

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  15. I desperately wish I was a morning person, but I physically cannot function at anything before 8am - would love to give it a go sometime though haha!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  16. So into this!

    www.themollyellis.com

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