are you a night owl, too?

March 27, 2012

I love the night life owl image

It’s pretty likely that I will always be a night owl.  I’ve gotten to a point where I can go to bed relatively early {11-ish} and wake up relatively early {7-ish} so my night owl ways aren’t getting in the way of life.

Even as a kid my mom {who is a true-blue morning person} would, on occasion, have to call it a night before me.  When I was older and had to study, write papers, or clean my room it would be late into the evening once I hit my stride {or even started}. I’ve just always had my own inner clock and it’s not always been in sync with those around me, but as I’ve gotten older it has balanced out.

Turns out there is plenty of research and advice on the subject: one study cited on NPR says specific genes identified in our brains are what drive our internal clock; another article from Psychology Today says people tend to have internal clocks that depend on what season they were born in; an article from Harvard Medical School explains the various factors {including genetics} that affect our wakefulness and sleep cycle.  There is an article on the USA Today website that gives suggestions for becoming more of a morning person, a.k.a a “lark.”{This site even throws in a “hummingbird” as a third “chronotype” of person}.  I’ve decided that in the end~ regardless of genetics, daily routine, physiological need for sleep, brain activity, or what you want~ it’s wise to listen to your body and stick with your clock.  Wise like an owl. {wink, wink.}

Are you a night owl, or a morning person?  Did you find that you used to be one and now you’re the other?

15 Responses to “are you a night owl, too?”

  1. Dani Says:

    Were so alike it’s scary lol!

  2. Gretchen Says:

    I used to be a total night owl- but as I’ve gotten older (and party less), it’s changed. Once I started working out, I had to commit to a regular routine, which was way too hard to do in the after-work hours when other commitments, excuses and distractions got in the way. Of course, once I started getting up early, it became easy to go to bed early! I still HATE getting out of bed, but once I’m up, I usually like being up before everyone else. But don’t try to peel me out of bed before 8 on the weekend!
    Guess I’ve gone from owl to lark. Hoot to Tweet…

    • Liana Says:

      The idea that you can train yourself to become more of a morning person is a truth in practice! I used to wake up at 6 to run, of course I had two ladies waiting for me so I couldn’t let them down…whatever it takes. Routine, routine.
      p.s. “hohttp://wordpress.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.phpot” to “tweet”= very clever:)

      • Liana Says:

        Not sure how all the url info got pasted in there? It went a little something like this:
        “hoot” to “tweet” = very clever:)

  3. Gretchen Says:

    Oh- forgot to mention, though- I am definitely at my most productive and mentally acute between the hours of 4 and 6 PM- but that may be more to do with the fact that everyone has left the office and I have more uninterrupted time….

  4. Julie Khuu Says:

    I’m totally with ya…I’m as nocturnal as they come…I swear I get all my best ideas at night! Which is why it’s so hard to come out of freelancing and back into corporate hours…hate the 9-5!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

  5. Shoko Wanger Says:

    Definitely, definitely a night owl. I wish I was a morning person, but I’m much more productive and alert late at night.

    • Liana Says:

      I know! I want to start the day before everyone else, but the urge to be up late kills it! Sometimes I can get into the swing of it though and it’s a nice balance:)


  6. Christine Says:

    Almost 11:30 and I’m not tired yet… yeah. Probably a night owl.

  7. Eva Says:

    I TOTALLY am a night owl! However, my job and dogs have forced me to get to bed early. Left to my own devices, however, I would keep a strict 2am-10am sleep schedule… 🙂

  8. Kate Says:

    Francesca and I are with you. Night owls are cool.

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