My heart always goes out to those friends of mine who have children who wake up early. It seems a heavy burden to bear to have to wake up with the sun, and in the past I have been grateful that my own children take my view of the morning: No good can come from beating the sun to greet the day.
But, as I said, that is in the past. While my two sons had no trouble getting with the family sleep program, my daughter seems to have missed the memo and has alerted us to the fact that the sun actually is up before 6:30am these days. Who knew?
Perhaps more surprising to me than the time at which the sun shows its face is the fact that waking up early is not all yawns and grumpiness. Often, when I get up early, the day goes much smoother. We are not always rushing to get ready to go because we have plenty of time to do get out the door. And when we’re not rushed, we’re not frustrated, impatient, or snappish.
And, perhaps the most surprising part of this development in our family dynamics is the fact that I find myself wanting to become a morning person. The night owl in me has realized that there may be something to this work-while-the-sun-shines philosophy. However, merely wanting to be a morning person does not make me one. There are circadian rhythms here that have been out of sync for years and mindsets that need to change, and they don’t reset overnight.
However, there are ways to coax internal clocks to shift, so that mornings are long and happy, and nights are cozy and sleepy. Read on for some tips to naturally become the early bird that gets the worm!
all photos (except “Get outside, and get moving – early.”) via istockphoto.com