Have you ever seen a morning person at night? They are easily mistaken for a drunk person, the way they go from completely alert and animated to passed out in a matter of mere seconds. Perhaps it’s only natural that they shut down so forcefully, considering they’ve been completely awake since practically the day before.
Night people, on the other hand, discover that things are just getting good around 10pm. When everyone else is sleeping, night owls are the most creative, productive… dare I say, brilliant? Morning people might guffaw at this proclamation, but how would they know what’s going on when they are fast asleep, oblivious.
But I confess: I’ve always wanted to be a morning person. I’d love to know what it’s like to wake up feeling rested and alert. I envy those who can put an early morning workout on their calendar and know that it’s definitely going to happen. The idea of leisurely sipping a coffee from my favorite ceramic mug, with plenty of time instead of rushing around to find the lid to the travel mug two seconds before I absolutely need to leave is heavenly. But it’s just not how I’m made. Believe me I’ve tried. If living with a 6 month old human alarm clock that goes off daily between 4:30 and 6:30 hasn’t made a morning person out of me yet, I don’t know what will.
Are you a night person, too? If you are unsure, here are some guidelines that may help you decide:
You May Be A Night Person if…
– You take at least an hour to wind down before shutting off the light. Your winding down ritual may include checking email, going through the Val Pak coupons, setting up your French press for the next morning, laying out tomorrow’s outfit, checking email again, loading the dishwasher, taking out your contacts, brushing your teeth, checking email again, giving the bathroom sink a wipe, and reading a chapter of your book.
-You congratulate yourself all day long for waking up anytime before 7am.
-Your first thought upon waking is “SNOOZE BUTTON.”
-Going to bed anytime before 10:30 is a huge deal, generally reserved only for special occasions such as any night during the last trimester of pregnancy.
-You secretly think getting tired anytime before 11 is a sign of weakness.
-You think one of the best things about being an adult is setting your own bedtime.
I am curious, is it possible to re-wire yourself to become a morning person if you are not naturally inclined to be one? Have you had any success with this?