Awesome job, great routine — but it's impossible for you to get up at 6 a.m. Or earlier. How do you cope? These sleep hacks to help you wake up early have science behind them to help you get up and stay up before the sun rises. They won't work in a split second, but they might well remake your entire relationship to waking up.
If you've tried multiple times in your life to readjust to an early sleep time and can't make it work, there may be a genetic reason behind your need to rest from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Genetic studies in 2017 found that there appears to be a link between a particularly gene mutation and being a "night owl," or a person who naturally stays awake late and sleeps late. The technical term for being a night owl is delayed sleep phase disorder, and it means your natural circadian rhythms — the internal 'body clock' that determines when you sleep and wake — send you to sleep at least two hours after most people are normally in dreamland. It's more common among teenagers than it is among adults, though, and a study in 2018 found that it probably only affects 0.1 to three percent of the general population. So chances are that you can indeed make yourself into a morning person with the right methods at the right times. Here are a few hacks to help you get up even just an hour earlier for work.