Not a morning person? Neither are we. And sometimes even the best morning people have a night where they can’t sleep. Hopefully, you can wake up earlier with just a few changes for a healthy morning routine.

We’ve put together 16 morning tips for night people, use as many as you’d like. Even a couple of adjustments can help you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Morning Tips for Night Owls

Move your alarm clock across the room. If you have to get up to turn off anyway, you might as well stay up instead of hitting the snooze button.

Set your table for breakfast the night before so you can start a healthy morning routine. Don’t settle for a cup of coffee and a stick of gum; sit down to a bowl of cereal, a cup of yogurt, some fresh fruit with breakfast balls.

Get your kids’ lunchboxes ready the night before. Even better, teach them how to pack their own lunches by keeping everything they need within easy reach.

Pare down your beauty routine. Use easy makeup tricks to look awake, alert and polished.

use makeup to make awake looking eyes

Set out your clothes for the next day. Seriously, you’ll be surprised at how much smoother your morning goes if you don’t have to decide what to wear when you have morning fog in your brain.

Tidy up before bed. It’s refreshing waking up to a {reasonably} clean house, and it sets the stage for your targeted healthy morning routine.

Make your to-do list the night before. If you spend half your morning trying to figure out where to even begin working, this will be a real lifesaver for you. And it only takes 5-10 minutes to do!

Turn off the electronics 30-60 minutes before bed. Electronic devices stimulate brain activity, and that’s why you may find it harder to fall asleep after a marathon Netflix session while texting your best friend on your smart phone. Shocker: Turning your phone off for a few hours during the day, too, can help you be more productive.

Follow the same healthy morning routine every day. It might sound boring, but getting into a morning routine will simplify your life because you know exactly what you’re doing next, and it’s really helpful for kids, too. Use a checklist for a while until your mornings are on auto pilot.

Speaking of morning routines, it’s time to change up how you do your hair. Instead of spending 30 minutes (or more) trying to get it to look perfect, try simple updos that you can do in seconds.

Updos that take SECONDS to do

Turn in earlier. It may seem impossible for us night owls, but start in small increments. Turn in 15-30 minutes earlier over the course of a few weeks until you’ve reached at least an hour earlier than your current bedtime.

Stick with your new routine on weekends. It’s tempting to sleep in, especially if the kids aren’t up yet, but you shouldn’t. When you sleep more than an hour or two past your normal waking time, you’ll pay for it on Monday morning when you try to get back into the swing of things.

Reward yourself for getting up when you’re supposed to. Whether it’s a few minutes reading your favorite blog (we suggest this one!) or drinking a delicious smoothie without interruption, having something to look forward to can make a huge difference in your morning routine.

Find a song that gets you moving and set that as your alarm on your phone. Who can go back to sleep with a peppy tune playing?

morning tips for people who hate mornings

Pull back the curtains and open the blinds at night, if you’re comfortable doing that. The morning light may naturally wake you up peacefully instead of waiting for that harsh buzz of the alarm clock.

If you have thick hair (like me), shower the night before and let you hair air dry. That can save you at least 10-15 minutes the next day, making your morning much less hectic. Besides not waiting for your hair to dry, there are several more benefits to showering at night, including getting a better night’s sleep and crawling into bed clean instead of dirtying up your sheets.

Enjoy a cup of coffee if that’s your thing. One cup can give you a little caffeine boost to get you going, but overindulging actually has the opposite effect.