How to Wake Up Early Without Feeling Tired

There’s something about kinda being up or at least feeling like you’re awake before the world is and I think that’s what my favorite part of waking up super early is. On the weekends, I’m not super focused on making sure that I get up super early I kinda just let my body wake up when it does. But, on the weekdays I try and get up super early before work to get some things done. 

I find that I tend to use my morning hours to kind of do my self-care things like working out, reading, walking my dog, etc. I like to take all of that and just put it into my mornings so that I’m starting off with a really good day. 

If you’re someone that wants to start utilizing your mornings or maybe just getting up a little earlier to do something active such as going to the gym or doing yoga or even if you’ve just had a general interest in waking up earlier then these are the tips and tricks that worked for me.

Start with 15-minute increments

I think it’s a lot easier based on when you’re already kinda generally getting up to start there and work your way backwards. Rather than to just try to shock your body by getting up early. I know that there are times that, I still do it now, where I’m just like, “okay, screw it. I’m just gonna go right ahead and just wake up immediately without starting the increments.”  

I find that not doing the increments lasts me about three days before I’m just exhausted and feel completely out of it. 

By doing the increments, such as 7:45 for a few days then 7:30 for a few more and so forth, it is giving your body time to adjust to that early hour and getting up earlier. Also, this makes it so that your body is sending the proper cues to go to bed earlier since you’re getting up earlier. 

Have a routine in place

If you don’t have a routine in place but you know that you want to get up earlier starting tomorrow, write down your current routine now before you go to bed. Your routine can change every single day, it could change every week based on what you need to get done that day or week. 

I feel that knowing what your routine is going into each week, so try to write it down on Sundays, is going to make it easier to wind down and get enough sleep so that you can wake up earlier. 

Besides then you know as soon as you wake up what your first task is because you’ve outlined your basic routine. It will make it a lot easier for you to get out of bed in the morning cause you’ll know what you should be doing rather than waking up and just being like, “what now?” 

Go outside and get fresh air 

I’ve been doing this recently in the mornings like I’ll bring my book and coffee to my porch area and take about 10-15 mins to just get some fresh air in the mornings.  Honestly, I think it’s one of the biggest things that’s pulling me out of bed every time my alarm goes off in the morning–besides Zeppelin barking at me to take him outside. 

Those are all of my quick and easy tips when it comes to waking up earlier. 

As of now, I’ve been getting up around 6:30 AM on the weekdays and usually around 8 AM or 9 AM on the weekends, but I don’t really set an alarm.  

Leave me a comment down below letting me know what time you guys get up in the morning. 


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  1. July 22, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    I think when I walk my dog in the morning it helps wake me up. Even opening or standing in front of a window can help too! The cold, fresh air always helps!

    • July 26, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      That’s the first thing I do when I wake up. I take my puppers out on a walk. ☺️☺️

  2. July 22, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    As for me I am not a morning person at all and I find it so difficult getting up early during work week especially I have to get up at 6am but don’t get out of bed right away. On the weekends I usually wake up around 7:30 am or 8 am but it depends what time I go to bed. I will have to try one your tips and see if it will help me to feel less tired in the morning!

    • July 26, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      Oh, I’m most definitely a night person. 🧛🏻‍♀️ Going to bed late certainly contributes to being more tired in the morning.

  3. July 22, 2019 / 6:22 pm

    I’ve never thought about waking up in increments like this. What a creative idea! I have a hard time with mornings because of a chronic illness I struggle with, but when I can get out of bed in the AM, it’s the best feeling ever!

    • July 26, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that. 🖤 yes, try out the increments when you can. 😊

  4. July 22, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Yes to all of this! I love getting up early and seizing the day. Plus it’s so quiet bc the rest of my fam is sleeping! Starting my day with some quiet moments and coffee is priceless!

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Coooooffeeee and quiet. 🖤☕️💆🏼‍♀️

  5. July 22, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    I love these tips! I try to have a routine in place and find that fresh air makes a huge difference!

    cute & little

  6. July 23, 2019 / 7:05 am

    I need this! I wake up at 4:45am everyday to go to work and I am always feeling extra tired when I get out of bed. I might need to give some of these tips a try.

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:58 pm

      That’s sooo early. 😩 I feel that pain. Yes, give them a try!

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:57 pm

      Exactly! I need to nail down a morning routine. 🧖🏼‍♀️

  7. Tonya Morris
    July 24, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    These are great tips! I’m going to try the 15 minute thing!

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      Yes! Definitely try it. I’m still working on mine. 😆

  8. July 25, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    These are great tips! I usually start my days with a run at the gym at 5:30 am and that not only sets the tone for the rest of my day, I am energized by the time I’m done!

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      I used to get up and go to the gym that early. But then I was getting to work at like 7am and got done with work super early. 😅

  9. lauryn
    July 26, 2019 / 11:26 am

    Fresh air helps me every time! I love to stretch on my balcony in the morning.

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:55 pm

      Oh! I’ve started to do some Yoga in the mornings before I shower. It definitely helps get the blood pumping.

  10. Delia Atenea
    July 26, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    I’m actually on my 4th day trying to quit coffee (pray for me) so these tips are so timely! Thank you!

    • July 26, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      😱😱 Quitting coffee?! 😱😱 Good luck! 🍀

  11. July 28, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    Okay yes to ALL these tips!! I love going on walks in the morning with my fur child (Basset Hound 😊). And the tactical spacing out your first steps to waking up is genius and so doable. Love everything about this blog post!
    Xx, Morgs*

  12. July 29, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    These are such great tips!! I have such a hard time waking up early so I’ll definitely have to use these!

  13. Anshula
    August 8, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    I love the idea of starting with 15 minute increments. I’m someone who makes huge jumps (and maybe that’s why waking up early isn’t working for me) and then decides I’m not a morning person. I love this practical advice so much!