I am a chronic nightowl, there is nothing I - or anyone else - can do about it. I kind of enjoy late nights and sleep has lost all it's meaning to me unless the alarm clock goes off and it's time to get up. In that very moment, right there, suddenly sleep turns out to be the most important thing in my life.

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Everybody knows that feeling, staying up late drawing, learning, watching series, reading... Whatever! Calculating meticulously how much sleep we are going to get if we finish this or that, because we just know we can't just go to sleep now, can we? And that is how it happens that, when the alarm goes off in the morning, the amount of sleep we had thought would be sufficient suddenly isn't enough anymore.

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Well I have decided to change that!

Not the staying up until late and then getting little to no sleep, no. That part is indispensable and my favourite time of the day. Instead of increasing my sleep amount, I have decided to do the exact opposite: Wake up earlier.

You might thing I'm some sort of maniac by now, but you have to understand that I really don't need that much sleep to function. On the contrary, I function better with 3 to 5 hours of sleep a day than with 8 to 10. I sleep three to five hours a day and I'm actually better off than people who sleep eight hours or more. My problem with tiredness did not come from the lack of sleeping hours, since as soon as it got night I started to wake up again, but it came from not having anything to wake up for.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not this depressed hairball that hates life - not at all! Thing is, even if I like doing stuff, I find waking up hard, because there is nothing I want to do of the things I have to do as soon as I wake up.

Waking up and going straight into that boring lesson? Hell no!

Therefore waking up at 6:45 a.m. is a horrible thought that was my reality as soon as the alarm went off.

Realising this, there was only one thing that could save my poor and tired soul (in addition to coffee, of course).

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A morning routine I actually enjoy

Just think about it; waking up early, knowing it is time to run out the front door and straight into a dreadful math lesson versus waking up early, preparing breakfast at your own pace, eating it infant of the computer watching some inspirational or informative speeches, drawing and then, after all that, going in for school. Even if it means waking up an hour earlier, I can tell you, it feels like several hours of sleep more.

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So the life hack that definitely kicks ass for me, is waking up earlier. Sleep has no meaning to me anyways, but it's also generally important not to think about how tired you are all day long.

Even if you haven't slept well

This is day 27 of the 30 days writing challenge: conversely, talk about something that kicks ass

- Eli