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9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

Tania Khadder | WomenCo.

August 10, 2009

Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds.

Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of the species.

We’ve heard it time and time again: most CEOs wake up before 6am. It’s often said that the most successful people are early risers – and it makes sense. Chances are if you get up early you spend less time sleeping, which frees up more time for other, more productive activities.

In addition, the early morning is often the time of day you have most control over. Unlike later in the day, very little happens between 5am and 8am that can throw a wrench in your plans.

But how does one go from night owl to early bird? And can you?

The truth is, no matter what your natural rhythm, many people have been able to train themselves to become early risers and/or need less sleep. We’ll show you how.

First Tip: Sleep when you’re tired >>