The other day I was sympathizing with someone who had to get up early. I was telling her that I haven't tradionally been a morning person either, but that I give myself an hour every morning to meditate and journal, and I've learned to enjoy it.
On school days, that means I wake up at 5:45. Since I rarely go to bed before 11:30, and usually later, the sleep deprivation starts to add up towards the end of the week.
I was thinking about this. Truly, every night, I go to sleep thinking how much I'm looking forward to the morning. Sometimes I feel like a kid the night before Christmas wanting to get to sleep so I can wake up in the morning and start my meditation for the day.
I started doing this as a self care activity. But I found that it become the most important part of my day. No matter what is going to be happening that day, every night I go to sleep excited about meditating in a few hours, after some rest. (I can't meditate at night. I fall asleep!) Every morning I gladly wake up and begin.
I think it's pretty cool, to be able to go to sleep every night knowing that your day is going to begin well.