I’m such a not-a-morning person who loves being a morning person! I know I know, that doesn’t seem to make any sense. But, really there’s nothing I love more than the few days I get up on time. Too bad on most days, I hit snooze a million times, which is ridiculous because as a stand-up comedian says: “Hitting the snooze button in the morning doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying, I hate getting up in the morning so I do it over and over and over again.” 

How to become a morning person

In this post, I talked about how I wake up at 7 and leave the house at 7.30. Since I wrote that post, things have improved a bit, so maybe I now get off the bed at 6.45. But with the many things I have to do before I leave for work, it’s still not sufficient. So I decided I need to become a morning person! I mean, why not. Those who do it don’t have two heads. Ok, to be honest, there’s a part of me that is tempted not to force it because when I have a kid, I’m sure I’ll become a morning person! I hear they keep you up all night AND all morning. 

I did a bit of research as to how to become a morning person. I read all the posts that come up on the first page when you search “How to be a morning person” on Google! I especially needed to check if there were any secret potions I had to drink. The important bit for me is actually getting off the bed. So here’s what the experts claim will help: 

Tips to become a morning person
Become a morning person

1. Pep Talk + Positive expectation

It’s necessary to want something before we act on it. Maybe we should look into the mirror before we go to bed and say “I am a morning person, I will not snooze the alarm”. As someone put it, before changing how you wake up, identify why you wake up. We therefore, need to decide why we want to wake up early? To write a blog? Get some exercise? Spend some time praying? If we create an expectation then there’s something to look forward to. 

2. Start slow and be realistic

I probably won’t go from waking up at 6.45 to waking up at 4.30. So it’s necessary to be realistic in your goals. Little steps, one at a time, and maybe set a specific period to try it out. I’m trying this out for a month, and trying to wake up at 6 am. 

3.  Plan your bed time

It’s necessary that you actually wind down into bed and not just fall asleep hungover with your phone in hand, and a full face of makeup. A shower before bed helps and with a good night sleep, which should lead to a better morning. I know some really successful people don’t get any sleep, but I still think a good night sleep is essential. Minimum 6 hours.  They also advise putting all phones and electrical devices at least one hour before getting into bed. 

4. Prep the Night before

If you need to go the gym/work out first thing in the morning, have your gym clothes by your bed. For me, I’ll try to think of my work outfits the night before. That way if it’s a fab outfit, maybe I’ll look forward to getting out of bed and totally rocking it.

5. Keep the alarm clock far away

I don’t actually own an alarm clock.  (Who does? – I thought we all used our phones?). But yes, I’ll keep my phone farther away so I can actually get up. I once saw something hilarious on social media. The message on someone’s alarm on her phone read “Beyonce will NOT hit the snooze button”. But maybe I’ll just swap the Beyonce for Jesus.

6. Drink a Full Glass of Water

The experts say this helps. But even if this doesn’t help me become a morning person, at least it’ll improve my poor drinking water habit. 

7. Ignore the ‘Gram

It appears looking at social media while still trying to wake up sends your brain into lazy mode, which is definitely not the way you want to start your morning! This will be a tad bit hard, especially after I’ve touched my phone to snooze the alarm. (Maybe I should get an alarm clock afterall). 

8. Lights, Camera, Action!

Our brains are programmed to be awake when there’s light. So if you could turn on the lights and leave open the blinds, that should help. 

Finally, for me I’m definitely going to be asking for God’s help! If that verse below doesn’t make me get up in the morning, I’m not sure what will!

As someone puts it, you don’t have to want to get up, you just have to do it!

Are you a morning person? What’s your routine like? When do you sleep and when do you get up. Share your tips please. Are you trying to become a morning person? What’s your greatest challenge? Shall we do this together? 

Love, 

Kachee… xX

pS: I drafted this post yesterday and today I didn’t hit the snooze alarm. Day 1 in the bag! 
ppS: Apparently there’s an app called BetterMe which shares your failure to Facebook, every time you hit the snooze button. Hilarious!

Read too: 8 productive things to do on a slow day at work and How to Stop Making Typos


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  1. Abby

    July 18, 2016 at 13:20

    Ah! This challenge I’ve tried and failed multiple times.I think I’ve given up on being a morning person o! I snooze my alarm every damn day! But the thing is I also never sleep early. I hardly ever sleep earlier than 12, so I don’t know how I’ll ever become a morning person. But on the days when I get up early I achieve so much and decide to become a morning person and all next morning my alarm is pointing and laughing at me 😭😭😫

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  2. Abby

    July 18, 2016 at 13:24

    And you’ve brought this bible verse to hunt me again**Tearsssss**😫😫😫

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 18, 2016 at 13:27

      Loool! That verse gets to the soul. So mean! Pele. Let’s try again. Sleep at 12, wake up at 6?

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  3. Toluwalade Toyin-Kehinde

    July 18, 2016 at 14:45

    That Bible verse ewoo. Currently can’t be a morning person because the reason I’ll be waking up is to go to school lol and as you know, not about that life at the moment. On the other hand, I do well waking up super early and doing all the other necessary things you’ve listed when I’m going for shoots and other interesting stuff.. So I think that whole idea of having something to look forward to works. I actually set 3-4 alarms separated by 30mins till the time I actually planned to Wake Up because God knows I love my sleep more than anything else. It’s a process to wake up you know 😂😂Ignoring all social media notifications is actually a struggle.. Sigh. Life was easier when I didn’t have a phone but who wants such easy life haha. OK this comment is getting super long.www.toyinwithfashion.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 20, 2016 at 12:35

      But you know we love long comments now! That social media thing eh. e stay struggling sha! I guess you don’t always have to be a morning person, but when you need to as long as you can, that’s fine! Thanks for the comment love! x

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  4. TheShanyiLife

    July 18, 2016 at 14:57

    LMAO, does that app exist.. Hmmn, this thing is not easy o. My greatest challenge is that the sleep gets sweeter when the alarm goes on.. I’m in on this challenge with you, let’s see how far I will go.P.S. I nominated you for a blogger award. The details are on my blog http://www.theshanyilife.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 09:03

      It apparently exists. Yay! Let’s see how far we will go together!Thanks for the nomination! Whoop.

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  5. Amakamedia

    July 18, 2016 at 15:13

    I don’t know the definition of a morning person, but I never oversleep. I’m not a good fan of sleep. Lol. I rarely sleep at night. I take a nap during the day. (too much info!)To say the least, I wake up on time.Your tips will be helpful to those who need them. *grins*amakamedia.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 08:24

      Hahaha. I hope those who need it, find it. I love sleep, but I’m working on it! What’s the TMI there now? Lol.

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  6. EdyeNicolesMakeup

    July 18, 2016 at 16:35

    Great tips! Love the scripture you featured :)Blessings,Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 08:23

      Thanks a lot Edye!

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  7. Berry Dakara

    July 19, 2016 at 01:07

    In Nigeria I was a by force morning person. Work started at 7am and I wanted to work out beforehand, so I would wake up between 5 and 5:15 to get to the office gym by 6am. Yes, I complained when I woke up, on the way to the office, while working out, walking from the gym to my desk… but I secretly loved how good I felt (and looked). My schedule now is all out of whack 🙁 I sleep anywhere from 11pm to 3am, and waking up is painful.Berry Dakara Blog

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 08:25

      You had to be at work for 7am??? Like that was resumption time? Wow!I totally get you on secretly loving how you look and feel. Feel the same way too, when I wake up early and I’m productive!

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  8. Lohla's Melange

    July 19, 2016 at 08:06

    Yup morning person all the way, it helps if you go to bed early so you get all the sleep your body needs. My body is so used to my alarm waking me by 5:25am that most times, I’m awake just waiting on the alarm so I can kick start my day.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 08:26

      That’s the thing I often go to sleep at about past 12. But now I’m trying to ensure I’m asleep by 12 latest. So even if I wake at 6, that’s still a decent amount of sleep.

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  9. Precious

    July 19, 2016 at 13:38

    This post is giving me life, Kachee! Recently, I’ve been watching YouTube videos that talk about the habits of successful people. Waking up early always features as one of them. Jesus woke up early. David woke up early. The Proverbs 31 woman wakes up early. There’s something positive about waking up early. Prepping the night before really helps like you said. To me, a cleared living room, organised kitchen and nice shower makes me more hopeful for the next day. Starting slow is always great so you don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself. 7 to 6:45 is a great move!I’ve struggled with waking up early for a significant part of my life. However, on some days I’ve woken up really early and gotten a lot done.It feels ah-mazing when I wake up on time. My prayers are more intense at that time and I get a sense of purpose for my day. One of the things I have learnt that helps is to jump out of bed rather than get out sluggishly. It also helps to think about all the interesting things I plan on doing on that day just like you said.That scripture from Proverbs is so on point. Just a little lazy sleep sometimes will be all that will cause one miss a money-yielding opportunity. I love how the version says, “poverty will pounce on you like a bandit.”Does that app really exist? With apps all things are possible.www.preciouscore.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 13:51

      Successful people almost always wake up early and sleep very little! I’ve always pictured you as waking up early though and making all those amazing meals! True getting out of bed at once rather than being sluggish is definitely a tip! Thanks a lot Precious!

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  10. Zinny

    July 19, 2016 at 15:16

    Oh Kachee, that Bible verse got to me!I try to sleep early because I don’t joke with my sleep lol. It’s just funny because I was going to write about the importance of sleep soon haha. I used to set up two alarms in the past so that I don’t have to snooze but these days I do just fine with one alarm. I go along with the first point you made, I always set expectations, I think that helps. Although, another reason I try to get up early is because I am such a slow person when it comes to getting all dressed up and ready. *hides face*www.zinnyfactor.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 16:06

      The bible verse is too real. I should frame it somewhere in my room. Lol. I’m sure I take longer to get dress and sadly that’s what often suffers as I now try to do my makeup on the train – which is often a disaster. Setting expectations definitely helps!

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  11. Damilola Adejinmi

    July 19, 2016 at 18:36

    I love sleep. I’m with you on this challenge. I hope that i become a morning person at the end of the day btw i enjoy reading your blog.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 20, 2016 at 12:34

      Thank you Dami! How did you do today?

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      • Damilola Adejinmi

        July 20, 2016 at 20:18

        I woke up 7am compared to 7:30 which is the time i wake up on a normal day. The goal is to wake up by 5am everyday at the end of this challenge. We will get there

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  12. Tunrie

    July 20, 2016 at 14:33

    Haha! The trick for me is to sleep at 11pm and I’m super rested for the day. This might help also – http://frame.bloglovin.com/

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 21, 2016 at 10:34

      11pm is actually ideal and I wish I could. sometimes it just doesn’t happen. But Day 4 and so far so good!

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  13. DamiLoves

    July 21, 2016 at 17:46

    Waking up early can be rather difficult, but once you start, you get used to it and it becomes a very reward habit! I’m still learning to put Instagram far away before bed time 😅When the devil whispered

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 25, 2016 at 08:27

      I agree! It’s definitely a habit I need to cultivate and so far so good. Girl, i feel you on that IG before bedtime. It’s a struggle, but we will overcome!

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  14. AB x MeeMee

    July 26, 2016 at 18:44

    I’m a morning person! But I haven’t always been, so it’s definitely something everyone can learn!Those vacations in secondary school, I’d come home from boarding school and want to sleep in. My mom forced me to wake up at 5am every day, even though I wasn’t cooking. I’d wake up, hang around, sulking about the kitchen while my aunty cooked. Somehow, I stopped fighting it and it became a habit. Waking up early is also a major key! Going to bed at 10pm helps. I have been waking up late (6:30) the past 2 weeks and my mornings suck!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      August 3, 2016 at 13:26

      5am is actually my dream wake up time. Some day I’m sure, but it’s so hard for me to be in bed by 10pm. Hope you’re back to your routine now.

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  15. Joy Ehonwa

    July 27, 2016 at 17:40

    This is so me. I will try these tips (though I’ve used a couple of them before) and see how it goes!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 27, 2016 at 17:44

      So far what has worked it trying to sleep early, prepping the night before and setting a goal for the next day. And not getting on my phone as soon as I wake up!

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  16. Nedoux

    July 28, 2016 at 14:05

    Ah! Mornings, the bane of my life.Perhaps if I learned to sleep earlier, then I’d learn to wake earlier and rise and shine with a big smile on my face.Until then, it’s wake up– frown and hug my pillow tighter– then realise then I need to get out of bed– then scamble out of bed– and rush rush rush till I leave the house. Lol

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      August 3, 2016 at 13:25

      Just seeing this comment. Hahahaha. In the past three weeks, I seem to have rushed and snoozed my alarm less! Sleeping early is key, but I’m definitely still sleeping at past midnight. Phew.

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  17. Chidinma

    August 12, 2016 at 22:32

    I have the most disorganized sleep pattern. Today I’m off to bed as early as 8pm, tomorrow I’m off to bed by 2am. I used to be more organized last semester. This semester, I have never gotten to class at anytime before 8:30am meanwhile classes starts by 8. It sucks. I’d put the tips to good use.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      August 15, 2016 at 09:01

      Ohhh. Getting to class late sucks oh. What if there’s an impromptu test. Lool. I know it’s not easy (and I used to struggle as well), but for classes, try and work around it.. Sleeping early helps! all the best love. Xx

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  18. Live In Ibadan

    November 4, 2016 at 19:59

    Hmmm…i so needed this. Thanks kacheeteewww.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      November 4, 2016 at 20:09

      You’re welcome!

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  19. Naza Chukwumam

    January 4, 2017 at 13:08

    Lol. I don’t think Jesus sleeps though! I was not a morning person too but having a baby made me one. I have to start the day early if I want to get anything done. So far, I have been enjoying it. Being a morning person helps me to be more productive. Nice write-upwww.nazasdiary.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 4, 2017 at 13:59

      Thanks Naza! To be honest, there’s still that part of me that thinks once I have kids it will all be fine! I’m glad you’re enjoying being a morning person. Thanks a lot for your comment! 😘

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  20. Lydia

    January 17, 2018 at 16:43

    I loved this! I struggle to wake up in the morning and I definitely want I work on it.lydiaonlife.com

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