Americans Waking Earlier in the Day

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The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of people are waking up early. More Americans are out of bed pre-dawn, and utility companies have noticed. Television networks are also taking note of the trend.


And when the clock is moved ahead next weekend, a lot of people will find themselves getting up in the dark. But then, more Americans seem to be getting up before dawn, anyway.


The Wall Street Journal reports a number of indicators: a major East Coast utility has had its biggest spike in usage between the hours of five and seven in the morning. A supplier of water for 13 states, Aqua America, reports that its customers are up and flushing earlier.

MONTAGNE: Businesses are responding to the trend. Staples is now opening many of its office supply stores at seven instead of eight, and both CNN and CNBC have gotten the news--both networks have moved their morning shows an hour earlier.

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INSKEEP: We're here for you about as early as you can stand it. This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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