I used to look at morning people with awe. My father left the house at 5:00 a.m. every morning without so much as batting an eyelash. My best friend woke up at 7:00 a.m. with the energy of a golden retriever puppy. Even my uncle would tell me how he’d leave the house at 4:00 a.m. to beat the Los Angeles traffic—only to sit in a Starbucks for three hours until his office opened. Until recently, I thought they were all out of their minds.
Then it happened to me. It started with the realization that the gym was a lot less crowded at 7:00 a.m. And once I started getting there then, I realized it was even less crowded at 6:00 a.m. As I set my alarm earlier and earlier, it hit me: I was a morning person now.
With that in mind, I started relishing the early morning hours; the tranquility they brought me and the peace I felt. Still, I know from experience that mornings aren’t for everyone. So to help all you night owls understand what it’s like to rise with the sun, I rounded up a few fellow early birds to give you the scoop.