The Busy Moms Guide To Waking Up Early

Waking up before the kids seems impossible some days, especially if they’ve been up in the night or are early risers themselves. But getting up an hour before them has huge benefits and can really make a difference to your life! Do you usually wake up feeling groggy after snoozing your alarm 5 times or by the kids bouncing on your head? Either way it’s not the best way to wake up from a peaceful slumber.

Getting up an hour earlier than the kids means not only do you get a bit of ‘you time’ and some peace and quite before the craziness starts, but you have a head start which makes the morning run so much smoother. There is nothing worse than rushing around in a morning while trying to get the children to school on time!

Here are some tips for waking up early and creating a positive morning routine.

The Night Before Prep

Make it part of your nightly routine to choose a couple of tasks to make your morning run smoother. Whether that is prepping breakfast, tidying up the kitchen or emptying the dishwasher. Nobody wants to get up early to start having to clean the mess from the day before. The more clutter free and organized your home looks when you wake up the more you’ll start to enjoy the mornings.

Try setting the timer on your phone for 15 minutes before you wind down for the evening and see how much you can get done in that time! A speed clean / tidy or prep can make a huge difference!

Lay out your clothes the night before, even go as far as prepping your morning coffee. Trust me, when you first start to get up early you’ll feel like a zombie stumbling about in the dark. ANY little task will feel like such an effort! So do as much prep as you can the night before.

(Stick with it as after a few days it starts to become a lot easier to get up)

Why Are You Getting Up Early?

This question is so important. Why do you want to get up earlier? I mean, you must want to otherwise you wouldn’t be here right? So before you go to sleep jot down the reason why you are going to get up early and what you plan to achieve. This could be ‘I want some me time’ ‘I want to make a start on my to do list’ ‘I want to have a relaxing start to my day’ ‘I want to fit in a workout’ ‘I want to work on my blog’ etc.

Write a step by step guide of what you’re going to do when you get up. Is there really any point to getting up early just to lay in bed scrolling through social media? Having a checklist will really help if you’re prone to procrastinating.

One of the most satisfying things is checking off a to do list, even small tasks feel like a huge accomplishment when you’ve achieved them before the kids wake! 

Tips On How To Actually GET UP!

(There are no affiliated links within this post. It is simply tips that I personally found helped me go from dragging myself out of bed when the kids woke up to happily getting up at 5am)

Light Therapy Alarm

Wake up in a more natural way with a light therapy alarm clock, like the ‘Phillips Wake Up’ alarm. The light gradually wakes you up and you can have it play nature sounds rather than an annoying tone! An alarm clock that is harder to ‘snooze’ will help anyone that is prone to that ‘extra 5 minutes’

This is what Philips say about their wake up light “Inspired by nature’s sunrise the Phillips Wake-up Light uses a unique combination of light therapy and sound to wake you in a more natural way. The colour of the morning light changes from soft dawn reds through warm orange to bright yellow light”

Other light therapy alarm clocks are also available.

Phillips Wake Up Light


Have some water at the side of your bed and drink it as soon as you rise. A Chillys bottle will keep your water cold for 24 hours or if you want to go straight for the caffeine it’ll keep your coffee hot for 12 hours. If you want to go straight for the coffee I suggest drinking water to hydrate your body also.

Chillys bottle

Wake Up Boost

Once you’re out of bed it’s time to make yourself feel more awake. Try incorporating aromatherapy oils that give you a boost like grapefruit / lemon or peppermint into your morning routine. If you take a morning shower add a few drops in the shower tray to really refresh you. If not then put some into an oil diffuser to fill the air.

If you don’t have any essential oils then add a slice of lemon into your water, even the smell of freshly cut lemon can give you a much needed boost in a morning.


Brushing your teeth straight away really helps you to wake up! It’s such a simple task that we can do on autopilot therefor taking minimal effort if you’re still half asleep.

Get Moving

Find time to exercise, even if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes of running on the spot and some stretching. This will help to release endorphins (the feel good hormone) and get your day off to a positive start.

Take Notes

Jot down at least one thing that you’re thankful for. Doing this has been reported to boost mental health and well-being. The more the morning makes you feel good the happier you’ll be to get up. Make a 2 minute scribble part of your morning routine.

See it as a challenge. I am personally challenging you to set an alarm an hour earlier for the next 5 days. Follow this Get Up Guide and see how you feel after the 5 days? Are you more productive? Do your mornings run smoother? Do you feel better?

Please let me know how things work out for you! Good luck.

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