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When Getting Up Early Is Like A Nightmare – 15 Signs You’re Not A Morning Person


If you’re a type of person who hits the snooze button five times in a row in the mornings and if the sound of your alarm is the most irritating, terrifying, and horrible sound you could ever imagine, then you know how unbearable getting up early is for someone who is not an ‘early – bird’ type of a person. In fact, it feels like a nightmare.  

Of course, staying wide-eyed until midnight, let alone going to bed in the early hours, makes it difficult for all people to get up in the morning. Yet, those who aren’t early birds find this extremely hard even if they go to sleep at 9 p.m. And no matter how hard they try to make climbing out from under the covers easier, nothing ever seems to work.

And I have a message for all those early risers out there: Don’t be shocked when you see someone who isn’t all sunshine and smiles and as energetic as you are because it’s quite likely he/she is not a morning person and waking up early is a challenge they have to face every day.

So, if the following 15 situations look familiar to you, you can be sure you’re not a morning person.

1. Waking up early is your worst nightmare.

Everyone feels relieved when they wake up from a nightmare. Yet, the real nightmare for you begins when you hear the 6 o’clock alarm.

2. When someone wakes you up, you feel like you’re being tortured.

Wakey, wakey, rise and shine sounds cute but only if you hear it after noon. Otherwise, it’s a phrase that makes you feel like they’re inviting you to start World War III.

3. Morning workouts? What?

You’re struggling to climb out from under the covers, let alone doing early – morning stretches. The only thing you feel able to do is going back to bed and sink into sleep.

4. It’s always hard for you to wake up no matter how much sleep you get in a night.

Whether you sleep for 6, 8, or 10 hours, it will never be enough for you to wake up feeling fresh and energetic in the morning.

5. You carefully calculate to the last minute how long you can sleep in without being late.

If you have to leave for school or work at 7.30, you set your alarm for 7.15 because you know that it only takes you 15 minutes to get dressed, do your hair, and maybe grab something to eat, yet…

6. … you still don’t get out of bed on time despite all the planning.

Of course, you don’t. You give yourself the freedom to sleep in for 5 minutes more. After all, that’s why every alarm has the snooze option. But, you know, not getting out of bed on time makes you …                                              

7. … always be late.

Whether you’re late for a date or for work – it doesn’t matter. You’re the person everyone else is always waiting for. And of course, you’re always ready to come up with excuses, such as: “Oh, I’m sorry I’m late. I missed the bus” or “I’m sorry, guys, I couldn’t find my keys.”

8. Feeling happy in the morning? Everyone knows that’s a myth.

Not only do you feel sleepy and cranky, you also find it difficult to understand how certain people can be joyful and all smiles early in the morning.  

9. You sometimes even imagine yourself punching the happy faces of morning people when they tell you Good Morning.

Hearing that cheerful Good Morning does get on your nerves. Moreover, you get more irritated by the fact that you know they’ve woken up at the crack of dawn, been jogging, had a shower, had breakfast, and now they’re ready to start work.

10. You can’t understand how certain people are so energetic early in the morning.

A morning person’s mind and body definitely function differently from yours. You can’t stop wondering how and where they get their energy from. They’re so lively, active, and cheerful that you can’t tell whether it’s 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. The whole thing is like an enigma to you.

11. You don’t talk until you have your first ‘morning’ coffee.

In fact, that’s the only thing you like about mornings. Coffee gives you the energy to start your day. Moreover, people close to you know that they shouldn’t talk to you unless you’ve had your coffee. Otherwise, they should be prepared to face the consequences.

12. You’re aware you should drink coffee less, but you also know you can’t function without it.

Drinking coffee is the only way you can function properly during the day after waking up early. You can’t imagine starting the day without having one huge cup of coffee.

13. Oftentimes, one cup of coffee isn’t enough for you to feel fresh and energetic in the morning and through the rest of the day. In those situations, if caffeine could’ve been administered into your body by an intravenous (IV) injection, you’d be the first one who would like to receive it.

14. You spend hours trying to find out how to conceal the bags under your eyes.

That’s the first thing you notice in the morning when you look at yourself in the mirror. Not a pleasant sight, though. And I guess you’ve tried putting everything on the dark circles under your eyes, from ice cubes and cucumber to compact powder – anything that comes in handy.

15. You’ve come to terms with the fact that you’ll never be a morning person.

Going to bed early, doing stretches, drinking significant amounts of coffee in the morning – you’ve tried everything. Yet, nothing helps. You’ve accepted the fact that getting up early is a challenge you’ll never be able to meet.

And one last thing, being a typical representative of this kind of people, I have to say that the best feeling for us is when we wake up in the middle of the night and we realize we still have a few more hours to sleep.

How about you? What kind of a morning person are you? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.