The idiom "early bird catches the worm" never applied to me. Although many people say waking up early is a positive habit, recent studies have shown that people actually have biological internal clocks, making us either a night person (owl) or an early riser (lark).
I decided to write this article to share the how we (a night person) feel.
It feels like the world is ending every morning.
My wife makes fun of me as I moan to get up every morning. Waking up feels miserable. Almost like the world is coming to an end. Waking up never gets easy.
There are several theories regarding the hours of sleep we need but researchers say we function best at around 6-8 hours of sleep. As a night person, i usually go to sleep late so a common comment i get is "why don't you just sleep earlier if waking up is so hard."
The reason I am writing this article is to tell everybody that sleeping early doesn't solve my problem. Sleeping at 10pm and waking up at 6am (8 hours of sleep) and sleeping at 1am to 6am (5 hours of sleep) doesn't feel much different.
If I'm going to feel miserable anyways, I might as well stay up at night and utilize that time.
Night time is when we are most productive
The strange thing is that no matter how hard it is to wake up, it is never that hard to stay up.
In the morning, I can fall back asleep if I have 10 seconds. In fact, a better way to put this is "I cant stay awake with my eyes closed for 10 seconds in the morning." But at night, I can keep my eyes closed for 10 minutes and stay awake without a problem.
The wierdest thing is when i have a nap at night. Let's say I fall asleep on my couch at 9pm and i wake up at 0am. Thats only 3 hours of sleep but waking up isn't as bad as I feel in the morning. If the miserableness i feel in the morning is because of the lack sleep, shouldn't waking up at night feel as bad as waking up in the morning?
I'm not sure of the reasons but what i know for sure is that night time is the time when I am most productive. I write my blog, study, clean my room, etc. No matter what I am doing, 11pm-3am feels like the most productive time for me.
Becoming a morning person.
Yes, I've tried becoming a morning person. MANY times.
I have always envied people that have time to read books with a cup of coffee before going to work. And as you can guess, the number of times I tried to become a lark equals the number of times I've failed.
It takes so much effort to make morning productive. I need to schedule everything in advance, beat the misery I feel in the morning, force myself to sleep at night, etc. The sad thing is that its always easy to become an owl again. I can try hard to become a lark for weeks, but still, it would only take me one night to be an owl again.
Also, I feel that there are too many distractions during the day. The silence I have at night is the perfect environment for me to concentrate, hence making the time productive.
Accept your bird.
We only have 24 hours a day and we spend a third of it sleeping. The time we sleep may vary within a few hours but we can't avoid sleep. If we can't avoid it, we need to learn to live with it.
I've tried to sleep early hoping it would make it easier for me to wake up the next morning. I've tried to finish my tasks in the morning. I've tried to convince myself that i can do it. But no matter what i try, I become a night person again. Its just the way I am. What I've learnt from trying is that I should give up trying and accept it.
For me, I am most productive at night. I utulize my time better by staying up at night. There are many articles that try to convince me that a early risers have an advantage but I disagree. I've wasted a lot of time and effort trying to become what i am not. I accept that I am an owl.
I should write an article that makes early risers envious of people like us.