I have always been an early riser whether working or not,as I have just adore the very pure and peaceful hour around dawn,as the birds are beginning to wake and chirrup joyously with the rising sun!!! As a teenager in Melbourne,I would wait for my lift to work,while it was still dark and often foggy to the point that only the street lights could actually be seen!!What a stunning time of day!!!
I tend to be a morning person so rise around 7am, having woken up at 6am and gone back to bed with a cuppa to lie in and listen to the radio for awhile! Don't have to get up to go into an office anymore...work for myself part time.
I wake up early because I have to say prayers before sun rises. So work or not, prayer time is early enough. Then after sending the kids to school, sometimes, i take a nap, or just keep going. Sometimes, I do feel like sleeping in.
I'm not a morning person and don't have a job now, but still get up early two weekdays to help out at a local breakfast program, and Sundays for church.
On the weekdays, it's still dark when I leave home and I can't see if it's raining or not, which affects my plans for the rest of the day.
Whilst working, used to have a 7am start as one of my shifts. In Winter to get to work on time, got up at 4.30am, caught train at 5.55am. Next train didn't arrive city until 6.55am, too late, & that's something I couldn't be.
I don't have working days, & as I go to bed at about midnight every night, I try to sleep in until 7.30, then go for my 3k walk at 7.50 with a friend who lives close by. So no, It's never dark when i get up!