What Qualifies As Getting Up Early?

What Qualifies As Getting Up Early?

Different people have different sleep cycles, but getting started in the morning remains a challenge for many of us. But just what waking-up time falls clearly into the “early riser” category?

Our sibling site BellaSugar chatted yesterday to recently crowned Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, who views anything ahead of 8am as an early start:

I’m an early riser, even if I’ve had little sleep, I’m always up by 8am so I exercise in the morning as this is when I have the most energy.

I appreciate that Ms Biggs is talking specifically about what happens after a late night, but I still have trouble adjusting to the idea of 8am as “rising early”. In my head, that would have to be some time before 6am — I normally get up at 5:30am, but that does qualify as early for most people. What’s your take?

We Chat to Miss Universe Australia 2011 Scherri-Lee Biggs! [BellaSugar]


  • I start work at 8am, and get up some time before 7am in order to rush out the door and catch the train.

    For me, anyone who gets up before that point is an early riser while I just wake up as late as I can manage, which is still far too early.

  • I wish I woke up as late as 8am!
    As you mention early is different for different people but I strugle to see waking up at 8 being an early riser. However, I also know people that don’t wake up until after 10am. So to them that would be.
    For myself I get up at 6am to make my way to work. And unfortunaetly due to sleep cycles that means I will also wake up around that time on weekends.
    I think anytime before 7am is an early riser.
    7:30 at the outside.

  • My husband gets up at 4.30am to start work by 6.30am. He brings me a coffee at 5.30 just before he leaves.
    By 8.00am I have showered, had breakfast, done a load of washing, cleaned up last night’s dishes, read my RSS feeds(including Lifehacker)and emails, visited Facebook & Google+ and read the news.
    Have to admit though that we are in bed by 9.30pm on weeknights.

  • 8am is most definitely not “early riser”..

    I would say anything before 6:30 am is early for me.. I think the whole point of “early riser” is that you are up way before the sun rises..

  • On weekdays where I start work at 9am, I usually leave home at the last minute at 8.10am. For that I wake up at 7.30am, just to leave on time. Anything before 7am is early

    But for weekends, where I can easily sleep til noon, my definition of ‘early’ is before 10am, ‘just right as around 10am, and ‘late’ as noon.

  • I have a colleagues that comes in at 4:30 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon, his day ends at 6:00 pm when he hits the sack, he is not very social, that explains this lifestyle.

  • I would class getting up before 7am as rising early. Especially if you also do it on the weekends! Currently, to get in running in the morning, I usually wake up about 6:30ish, nearly every day of the week (although on weekends I try to go back to sleep, not usually successfully…)

  • Even though I get up at 6.20am, I don’t usually leave until 7:40am so I would not call myself an early riser. If someone leaves for the day no later than 7:00am, I would say they were an early riser.

  • Of all the reasons to post a pc of a scantily clad girl…… Has my seal of approval. Who needs a reason?

    On topic; I’m up at 6am most days. Wish I could have the luxury of calling 8am early.

  • My opinion – anything before 6:30 is early. Between 6:30 and 7:30 is normal. Anything after 7:30 is a luxury.

    I usually wake up between 6:30 and 7:30 on weekdays and between 5:30 and 6:30 on Saturdays to go cycling. Sunday is a late sleep in until 8.

  • 0530 weekdays and 0700 weekends , unless I had a big one night before , then its 0900.

    I wish I could sleep till 7 or 8 on a weekday

    Also I blame the early rising and ability to shower shave dress and be out the door in 10 min flat, on the military up bringing

  • waking up early is 2pm.

    i currently work 12 hours graveyard shift 6pm – 6am. 6 days a week!

    4 months of having zero social life is definitely balanced by the extra moolah.

    prior to that i’ve had shifts starting at 4.30am so 3.30am was my usual wake up time.

  • Last semester I had uni at about 8AM most days, so leaving the house at 6:45AM to catch the train became the norm. As well as getting to work at 7:30AM on the weekends.

    But now that I’m on uni break, coupled with the late nights. Getting up early is considered any time before 11AM.

    Some nights I’m not sleeping or sleeping incredibly late, so I normally wake up at 2:30PM now :S

    Wrecking havoc with my plans to exercise.

  • I have to get up at 4:45 – 5am to start uni at 8 most days during the semester. I normally get up, eat breakfast, have a shower, do hair to be somewhat presentable, little bit of makeup if my skin is bad that day, finish packing anything I could not pack the day before. I would be able to get ready quicker if i was the only one getting ready at that time. I leave home at 5:40ish (30 minutes to the station) and catch a 6.20 train.

    During the holidays I normally wake up at around 7.30 I do not have the ability to sleep in.

  • Whilst the wakeup hours are interesting.. it would also be interesting to know what time people go to bed and what their evening rituals are when preparing to sleep.

  • I wake up either 10.15am or 11.15am depending on the day of the week, for a shift that starts around 12 or 2ish that goes for 10 hours, 5 days a week.

    I’m about to go to bed 🙂

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