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do you catch the early worm or burn the midnight oil?
get-up-and-go tips for morning larks and night owls

Are you the early to sleep, bounce out of bed type? Or the late night, serial morning snoozer type? We asked 2,000 sleepy Brits this very question. And discovered an even split between the two.

We found that most people wake up at the very precise time of 7:42am. 1 in 20 snooze for 30 minutes. And, surprise surprise, 25% are not full of beans until they’ve had that first cup of coffee (or second or third). Amazingly, a quarter of Brits bounce out of bed as soon as their alarm sounds. Hats off to them.

Curious to know if you’re a morning lark or a night owl? Read the signs below and check out our tips on how to rise and shine every morning, no matter what your bedtime is.

10 signs you’re a morning lark

  1. You regularly get an early night
  2. You mostly get enough sleep
  3. You feel peaceful when you wake up
  4. You rarely set an alarm because you’re up anyway
  5. And if you do set one, you never snooze it
  6. You feel like the day is wasted if you stay in bed past 9am
  7. You always have time for a proper breakfast
  8. You are more productive in the morning
  9. You go to the gym before work
  10. You’re cheerful and chirpy with people first thing in the morning

10 signs you’re a night owl

  1. You do your best work at night
  2. You eat dinner after 8pm
  3. You’ll happily start watching a film after 9pm
  4. You’d much rather have a night in the pub than a morning yoga class
  5. It annoys you when shops close, even if it’s at 10pm
  6. You never go to bed at the same time as your other half
  7. You find it hard to sleep
  8. You often snooze your alarm
  9. You can drink coffee at any time
  10. You set multiple alarms

tips for a top notch morning

Morning larks and night owls might seem like polar opposites, but the truth is they do have a shared battle: getting up in winter. So much so that 75% of sleepy Brits said they struggle with it. Despair not, though. Here are 5 ways to start your day with a big dollop of energy.

  1. take a good stretch: This will get your blood flowing and fill your lungs with oxygen. Better yet, you’ll feel like you’re stretching the sleep out of your bones. Ahhhh. Try this 5 minute yoga routine or our handy stretch and flex guide for starters.
  2. leave your blinds open: Doing this will help your body to wake up naturally by giving your eyes a hit of light as soon as it appears.
  3. don’t skip breakfast: The most important meal of the day will help to kickstart your digestion and wake your body up (as if we needed an excuse to have a morning scoff).
  4. time your morning brew: Have your first cuppa 30 minutes after getting up. Your cortisol levels are the highest when you wake, so giving your energy levels an extra boost is always a good thing.
  5. embrace essential oils: Using essential oils like lemon, grapefruit, bergamot or even peppermint in the morning are great for a positive energy boost first thing. Spoil your senses with our delightfully relaxing diffuser that'll fill your room with a dreamy scent.