You'll appreciate her morning routine if you loathe waking up early.

By Renee Cherry
March 09, 2020
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This weekend, Daylight Savings Time reminded everyone that the slightest change in your sleep cycle can do you dirty. Meanwhile, Kaley Cuoco has been adjusting to a more extreme change while filming for her upcoming show The Flight Attendant. Over the past few months, she's been waking up at 4 a.m. every day in order to make it to her early call times.

Shape caught up with Cuoco to get the specifics on how she makes waking up before the crack of dawn palatable. Below, three key takeaways. (Related: How to Wake Up Early for a Morning Workout, According to Women Who Do It at 4 A.M.)

She Preps the Night Before

The actress's "Cup of Cuoco" Instagram series isn't just a gimmick—Cuoco is a genuine coffee fanatic. "I'm not really a morning person, so coffee is important to me," she tells Shape. In fact, she loves the drink so much that she says she actually thinks about it the night before to psych herself up for the morning. She even goes as far as planning which mug from her "massive" collection she'll use. "My sister and I [will talk] about how we go to bed [thinking] like, 'I can't wait to wake up and have my coffee tomorrow,'" she shares.

In addition to picking out her morning mug, Cuoco says she winds down for bedtime by donning a "funny nightshirt," (like this "Ruff Night" shirt patterned with dogs in PJs), texting her loved ones, and watching some of her favorite TV shows, like Restaurant Impossible. (So, no, you won't find Cuoco abiding by the classic no-screens-before-bed rule.)

To make sure that she'll actually wake up come morning, Cuoco says she sets four alarms every day. So far it's led to a decent track record, she shares. "I set alarms on my phone, but I make sure it's right next to my ear because I'm always afraid I'm going to miss it," she says. "I've only missed it once."

She Wakes Up Earlier Than She Has To

It might seem counterintuitive, but when Cuoco has to wake up early, she says she gives herself enough time to enjoy her morning without rushing around. For instance, when she has a 5 a.m. pickup, she'll wake up at 4. Since she's going straight to filming for The Flight Attendant, her beauty routine is super minimal (more on that in a bit), leaving plenty of time to really savor her daily coffee-making ritual, she shares. "The first thing I do, I open my eyes and get the coffee going," she says. "I like the smell, just like the whole experience." (Related: Kaley Cuoco Says These Hot Pink Bike Shorts Are "All She Cares About")

She'll prepare "scorching hot" coffee, take a shower, then return to have her first cup. She'll typically go with a flavored coffee and froth some oat milk, she says. "I love a flavored coffee because it makes me think I'm being indulgent," she explains. Cuoco recently teamed up with Starbucks to help promote the brand's new home Blonde Sunrise Blend and Caramel Crème coffees. "The Caramel Crème makes me think I'm having, like, a caramel cookie or something," she shares.

A tasty cup of coffee always lifts her mood, even if she's not feeling like a functioning human, adds Cuoco. "After my coffee, I'm still heinous," she admits. "But at least it tastes good and I'm happier at that moment."

She's Streamlined Her Morning Routine

Making coffee at home saves time in the a.m., and Cuoco has taken similar steps to simplify the rest of her morning routine. Case in point: She says she'll make a quick and easy breakfast at home to tide herself over until she has a second breakfast around 8 a.m. That first breakfast is always the same, she adds, which takes out any guesswork during the early hours: a slice of Udi's toast with peanut butter. (Related: Kaley Cuoco Does This Body Therapy When She's "Absolutely Wrecked" After a Workout)

Since Cuoco goes straight to hair and makeup, her beauty routine before she leaves the house is very simple. She just applies sunscreen and Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (Buy It, $32, nordstrom.com), she shares. The eye cream helps to fight dark under-eye circles, an obvious plus for anyone who has to wake up at an ungodly hour, says Cuoco. "I've tried so many under-eye creams, but I actually think that's the best one," she shares. "When you have under-eye circles, I truly think it makes a difference. Like, I think it actually fills the crevice a little bit." ICYDK, if you have thin skin under your eyes, dark circles are more noticeable. Cuoco's go-to Kiehl's eye cream contains hydrating ingredients that can keep skin plump, like citric acid.

Cuoco is always relatable, and clearly her morning routine is no exception. Side note: Anyone else suddenly in the mood for coffee?

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