When I was in college, I’d regularly complain about 8:00 am classes.
“It’s so early!” I’d whine while trudging through the snow across the quad. Thank goodness for cinnamon hot chocolate to get my butt out of bed or else I’m sure I would have failed all my classes…or at least the ones during the winter term.
As a perky 19-year-old college girl, I used to party late into the night at the local clubs (while rockin’ my skank-tastic wardrobe, I might add).
I was a total night owl, and I loved it.
On a side note, Chris and I first hooked up at a club during junior year, but I like to keep things strictly PG here on the blog, so we’ll just leave it at that (wink wink).
Now that I’m an old lady, I don’t have the energy to stay up until the wee hours of the night. These days, I’m in bed by 10:00 pm and up by 6:00 am. “Sleeping in” on the weekends means 8:00 am, tops.
I get so much done in the morning now. Who’d have thought the wild college girl would grow up to be an early bird?
I find it fascinating that my nature has changed as I got older. And I don’t think being an early bird is reserved for mature adults. I know plenty of adult night owls.
It all depends on your lifestyle and when your body and mind are most alert. My mental acuity is sharpest before lunch time, so I give myself an advantage and wake up early.
Some people don’t reach their peak clarity until sometime in the evening. For them, their best work is done while other people (including spouses, kids, and pets) are fast asleep.
One way isn’t necessarily better than the other. Whatever floats your boat.
My only concern is the amount of sleep you’re getting.
For my clients, if they’re not getting 8 hours of shut-eye per night (and the vast majority are not), I help them gradually increase their sleep time, usually in 15-minute increments.
Come to think of it, only 1 of my clients actually gets enough sleep every night.
PSA TIME! Lack of sleep and the effects it has on our health is something we all need to be aware of, yo!
As you’ve probably guessed, some people will find that their preferred lifestyles don’t mesh well with their circumstances. A night owl who has to be at work at 7:00 am is going to need to find a way to cope (without bludgeoning their chipper early bird coworkers with a stapler).
Thankfully, you can make small changes to fit your early bird or night owl tendencies into the real world. As I mentioned, adjusting your sleep schedule gradually will help you night owls who need to get up earlier. It will take time, but your body will get used to it.
If you’re an early bird in a house of night owls, make your bedroom a sacred place so you can get the highest quality sleep even if there are other people still awake in the house. Also, use your morning hours for your self-care and personal pursuits.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Has your preference ever changed?
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