What is a night owl?
A night owl or evening person is a person who tends to stay up until late at night. The opposite of a night owl is an early bird, a lark as opposed to owl, someone who tends to begin sleeping at a time that is considered early and also wakes early.
I am most definitely a night owl. It’s not that I hate early mornings, it’s just that I truly feel most creative and productive late at night. I have learned that all of us have a natural wake-sleep body cycle. This natural body rhythm is the time you would naturally wake up or go to bed if you didn’t have to meet any of life’s obligations.
For me, my ideal time for me to wake-up everyday would be at 10 am and I could naturally fall asleep around 2 am. In fact, the majority of my blog posts are started after midnight including this one!
Changing your body clocks isn’t all that easy and actually may be impossible. Besides enjoying the thrill of owning and operating <a href=”http://www great site.vipseats.com/”>VIPSeats, I believe the major reason I chose to become an entrepreneur fresh out of college was so I could get up and go to bed when I pleased.
The most challenging aspect of being a night owl is scheduling alone time with my wife Nicole who is an early-bird. We have never been that couple that goes to bed together and wakes up to together. We do find the time to spend quiet time together either before Nicole goes to bed or late mornings before I start my day. After twenty years of marriage we have made it work.
There are perks to being a night owl. The benefit of our opposite schedules was actually beneficial and convenient in caring for our three boys when they were infants. I enjoyed taking care of each of them for their nightly feedings and diaper changes. This night time ritual of baby and daddy alone time created a bond that I will always cherish and Nicole was happy she was able to sleep (most of the time).
Despite conventional folk wisdom, not being a morning person does not connote laziness or lack of discipline. The societal schedule may not be geared toward night owls, but if you happen to be one, you can take comfort in the fact that you have a statistically higher likelihood of being smarter, wealthier, and more successful than your counterparts. The science is on your side, so don’t feel pressured to become an early bird–forget the proverbs and embrace your status as a creature of the night.
It would be an interesting experiment to start school days later and observe whether night people’s academic performances improved with the time change.
So if you get an email from me at 2am, well now you’ll know why. Don’t expect me to read your email or reply back even until after 10 am.
My eyes are closing as I write this final paragraph. One glance at my laptop’s clock and it confirms that it’s 2:30 am and time for this nocturnal guy to get to bed. Goodnight!