Sunrise hosts shock fans with brutal reality of breakfast TV: 'Far out'

The Sunrise team have shocked fans on social media after they revealed the brutal reality of working on breakfast TV.

In a video posted to Instagram this week, the Channel Seven show’s host and crew members each shared what time they went to bed the night before and what time they woke up that morning.

Sunrise hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Nat Barr.
Sunrise hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Nat Barr have revealed the brutal times they wake up and go to bed. Photos: Instagram/sunriseon7

Host David ‘Kochie’ Koch kicked things off and shared that he slept from 8pm to 3:30am, giving him 7.5 hours in bed.

Floor manager Mitch gave a heavy sigh when he spoke about his sleep schedule, admitting he only slept from 10:30pm to 2:36am.

“Yeah, no good,” he remarked.


The show’s makeup artist said she went to bed at 9pm and got up at 2:30am, while host Nat Barr had a rather harsh wake-up after going to bed around 8:30pm.

“This morning I woke up at 1, couldn’t get back to sleep so I just got up,” she shrugged.

Sports reporter Mark Beretta also had a rough night, admitting he usually aims for an 8:30pm bedtime but couldn’t go to sleep until 10:30pm, while his alarm was set for 3:35am.

Sunrise hosts Mark Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew.
‘The struggle is real.’ Photos: Instagram/sunriseon7

‘The struggle is real’

The show’s guest greeter called herself a “toddler” with her 7pm bedtime, while another producer revealed she goes to sleep even earlier.

“Bed at 5:30pm, alarm at 1:45am, here for 3am, because she needs 8 hours otherwise not functioning,” she said.

Edwina Bartholomew, who recently returned to the show after six months of maternity leave, ended the video sharing that she went to bed at 8pm and woke up at 2:45am.

“The struggle is real,” she remarked.

‘Far out’

Social media users were stunned by the crew’s admissions, with the post's comments section being flooded with shocked emojis.

“Gee that’s hard,” one person wrote, while another added, “Far out”.

“Joys of early morning TV. Burnout is real,” a third said, followed by a different user who remarked, “And this is why I didn't become a journalist”.

Others left comments about their own jobs and compared their sleep schedules to the Sunrise team.

“Welcome to the world of an airline worker,” one follower replied, with a graphic designer writing, “I sleep at 12 midnight and wake up at 6 in the morning”.

“My hubby is a pastry cook,” someone else shared. “In bed at 7:30 and up at 1:30 for a 2:30 start. Been doing it for almost 30 years. You get used to it, hard part is going on holidays and getting into a normal sleeping pattern then having to get back to the early start, that's a struggle!”

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