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As with the start of any new year, many of us have probably made some New Year’s resolutions. If becoming a morning person is on your list, I happen to have four tips and tricks to help you achieve your goal! I am no sleep expert, but I am an avid morning person and understand the appeal of starting your day earlier.

Tip 1: Start Small

It does not have to be all or nothing. Start with small changes to your routine, like going to bed a bit earlier and waking up earlier in the morning. Be patient with yourself and understand everything takes time. There is no need to jump to waking up at 6 am every morning; ease yourself into it and set small goals that work for you, and eventually, you will be waking up at your desired time.

Tip 2: Plan your day

We have all seen those “wake up with me” Tiktoks that inspire us to run all our errands before 10 am. Creating a routine can help structure your day and give you an idea of what you wish to accomplish. I find spending a few minutes before bed creating a to-do list for the next day can help motivate you to get up and out of bed and get started on tackling that list. 

Tip 3: Treat yourself

Give yourself something exciting to look forward to first thing in the morning to help encourage you to get out of bed. That may look like trying out a new breakfast recipe you found on Instagram or heading to your favourite coffee shop. It is easier to wake up early if you have a reason to look forward to it. Reward yourself for embarking on the journey of becoming a morning person! You deserve it. 

tip 4: Listen to your body 

Being a morning person is not for everyone. If waking up at 6 or 7 am is not working for you; listen to what your body needs. At the end of the day, being a morning person is not everything. It can be fun to try something new, but it is important to remember to do what works best for you. Prioritize the sleep your body needs!

Being a morning person is a slow journey that can feel impossible on some days, it is important to remember to focus on everything you have accomplished. Even something that seems as small as waking up 15 minutes earlier is progress that is worth celebrating. Remember, this is your journey, and it can look however you want it to.

Jenna Edghill

U Ottawa '25

Hello, I’m Jenna I am currently in my third year at the University of Ottawa in the criminology program.