How Waking Up Earlier Makes You Happier

I have declared 2017 the Year Of Joyfulness. Each month, I am incorporating a new habit into my life with the goal of living a more joyful life. Last month I committed to adopting a positive mindset and you can read more about that here

For the month of February, I have decided to start waking up earlier. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and now that all my kids sleep through the night, I feel like it is finally a real possibility. Most moms agree that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. Adding an extra hour to your day is a great way to be more productive. It is also a great time to relax and enjoy some quiet time before the kids wake up. I have found that on days that I have woken up early, I am more ready for the craziness of the day that comes with having three young kids.

My husband wakes up very early to go to work, and I plan on waking up with him every day. On the days he is off, both of us will sleep in. Research shows that couples who stay in bed together are happier and, for me, this is definitely true. Plus, I have a feeling I may go through a bit of sleep deprivation while I adjust to this change, so it will be good to have a day to get caught up on lost sleep.

Research has shown that there is a correlation between waking up early and happiness and I am sharing some reasons you may want to consider waking up early, too.


For moms, there is always someone calling for us that needs our help. If your kids have outgrown their naps, you may not get any time alone during the day. Waking up before your kids will allow you to have some peace. I am very much looking forward to quiet mornings, free from interruptions.

Increased Productivity

When you have more time in  your day, you can accomplish more. I love the idea of getting all my work done before my kids wake up so I can give my family my full attention the rest of the day. Waking up earlier will allow me to do that. You can also use this time to plan your day or finish some housework that needs to be done.


The shower struggle is real, moms! Trying to fit a shower in and making sure the house doesn’t burn down in the process is not always easy. Now that I will be waking up early, I will be able to fit in a relaxing shower, not the kind where you quickly soap up, rinse, towel off and get dressed in under 5 minutes. This alone will be a HUGE happiness boost and a great incentive for waking up early.

I am looking forward to waking up early and getting a head start on my day. What motivates you to wake up early?


More From this series:

Change Your Mindset
How Positive Thinking Has Changed My Life
The Benefits Of Negativity



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  1. I couldn’t agree with you less. I have been waking up early for about 2 months now but sometimes I do give in and sleep a while longer if my little son has been up all night. But the point is waking up early makes me feel accomplished. I feel a lot has been done and now I can face the rest.

  2. I enjoy waking up early before my husband. My baby is grown and lives out on her own but I love the 30 minutes or so of “me” time each morning before the dishes start clinking.

  3. Even though my kids are grown, I love getting up early for all the same reasons. I love the solitude. Even though my husband gets up early, too. He heads for his office and me to mine for the first hour or so. And I do get so much more done when I start with prayer, journaling and Bible study.

  4. I find that I can sometimes get a lot more done when I get up early. Depending on sleep (both mine during the night and the kids after I get up!). I have a few days during the week that I get up early, but my kids love morning snuggles in bed, so I try to balance it. They are only young once. Thanks for linking up at the Aprons and Pearls Linkup!

  5. If I didn’t wake up early, nothing would get done! I use that time to drink coffee, read my Bible, get some computer work done, do a workout, and take a shower. My daughter doesn’t nap anymore, so anything that requires concentration needs to be done during that early morning. =) I’ve grown to love it!

  6. I get up 30mins before the rest of the family to try and get a few blogmin tasks out of the way. It does mean that I feel like I’ve accomplished something and then I’m ready to take on the day the minute it is time to start getting ready… but equally, if my tasks take longer than expected, we end up rushing and then I feel stressed. So there’s good and bad #dreamteam

  7. What a lovely theme for your year! I agree, waking up earlier really can be a great start to the day. I tend to be happier on days I get up earlier too. I do agree that having a day to sleep in once in a while is nice too. Sharing this post on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Hearth and Soul Link Party! Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Thank you for linking this up at Mommy Moments last week! This was the top viewed link and will be featured in the link up tomorrow. Congratulations 🙂

  9. I’m up with my baby at 5am pretty much every day, I don’t fancy getting up any earlier than that at the moment. But I totally agree that when you’re getting normal nights of sleep that getting up a bit earlier can make so much difference. Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Yes, I totally agree! You should prioritize sleep first. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, definitely do not try waking up earlier.

  10. I couldn’t agree with this more…it’s so important to start the day right and I can’t wait til my little toddler starts sleeping through so I can do this 😉 Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

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