Night owl? Early bird? Fly on over and perch in here.

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  1. IceAlisa

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    Came across this article about sleep patterns being related to hormones: http://www.slate.com/articles/healt...ool_should_start_later.html?wpisrc=most_viral

    As long as I can remember I've been a natural night owl. I can stay up comfortably and be very functional until about 3 a.m. or later, provided I can sleep in until about 11. Which of course rarely happens anymore. Conversely, waking up earlier than 8:30 is torture even if I go to bed early and get the same amount of sleep.

    When I took all day tests in grad school, my test scores rose steadily as the morning progressed. IOW, I am zombie early in the morning. I think it's genetic--my grandmother was one. We would stay up laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate together and watch movies when I was a kid on summer vacation. My son is a natural night owl too but finds it a lot easier to wake up early, especially if he has something exciting to look forward to. A good friend is an insufferable early bird, all perky and chipper at 6 am, a zombie at 10 pm.

    What about you? Thoughts on this? The article?
     
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  2. quartz

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    Your grandmother was a zombie!?!?
     
  3. Lanie

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    I'm a natural night owl. I hate getting up early, but of course, the baby decides 6:30 or 7 is perfect. I miss it when he'd get up at 9! ;) At least he naps a lot. Kid loves his sleep. I've always been a horrible sleeper who preferred staying up late.
     
  4. IceAlisa

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    Only in the mornings. :D Otherwise, she was a doctor.

    The baby is still young and may change his mind as he gets a little older. There's hope yet.
     
  5. Ozzisk8tr

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    Wow, mine was just a monster. :drama:
     
  6. BigB08822

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    I am a night owl and always have been. I slept until noon today, as matter of fact, and I will probably be up until 2 or 3 tonight. I get very tired around 8:30 on most night but by 9:00 it has passed and I am wide awake and have tons of energy. Often I want to get cleaning and household chores done after 9. This is one reason I am happy to be a teacher, I can at least enjoy my summers and be on, for me, a more natural sleep schedule.
     
  7. ballettmaus

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    I actually don't know what I am. It seems that as long as I get around 9 hours of sleep I can do both.
     
  8. ChelleC

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    I'm naturally a night owl. I hate getting up early, but alas I must be at work by 8 am on weekdays. When I feel the most productive at work though is after lunch, and I generally only feel really awake after 10 am.

    Today I woke up just a bit before 10, and ended up taking a nap between 12:30-3:30. I'll probably go to bed in the next half hour to hour.
     
  9. Vash01

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    I am a night owl. I go to bed very late - sometimes as late as 3 am, but I still get up early because I have to be at work by 8:30am. Does that make me both - night owl and early bird?
     
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  10. Dr.Siouxs

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    It's 12:40 am and I'm about to finish writing for a website, edit an article, go for a run with the dog and then do weights. Does that give you an answer?

    Its strange but I really think my creative and energetic peak arrives somewhere between 11:30 pm and 2 am. Sensible bed times make me cranky and unproductive. Thank god I do all my work freelance.
     
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  11. paskatefan

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    I'm definitely an early bird.
     
  12. *Jen*

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    I'm naturally a night owl, but getting up early doesn't bother me that much. I'm up super early for work twice a week. I live.

    Of course, left to my own devices, if I have no work, I'll be in bed at midnight and up around 9am. That's perfect for me! Sleeping until 11 or later usually means I'm ill!
     
  13. orbitz

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    I'm an early bird. The problem is that if I have trouble sleeping at night, I still wake up early in the morning automatically. My body can't adjust itself to sleep in late if I go to bed late.
     
  14. Ageless

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    I'm an early bird married to a night owl.
     
  15. quartz

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    OMG....I can only dream of getting that much sleep.
    I average about 5-6 and that is often broken. It takes me a good hour to fall asleep once I go to bed, and then I often wake up after 2 or 3 hours and can't get back to sleep. I seem to hit the deepest part of my sleep when my alarm is going off. I am usually in the middle of a dream, and the alarm disrupts that and makes me very disoriented.
     
  16. JasperBoy

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    Same here. It was a big problem for many years. Now that we are retired, and he has an old man's bladder, there is not such a discrepancy. I still need about 9 hours sleep and manage to get that every night.

    As an early bird I am up at 7 to feed the animals. They encourage me in this, so don't really have a choice. I get all my chores done before noon. After supper I do nothing but watch TV or surf.
     
  17. quartz

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    I am a night owl married to an early bird!
     
  18. PDilemma

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    I need around 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep to function at my best and stay healthy.

    I hate that I chose a profession and live in a culture where this is considered a moral failing.
     
  19. Wiery

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    I am an extreme morning person, and often wake up at 430am. I often try to sneak off to bed as early as 630pm, usually it's 800pm. My husband is also an extreme morning person, it's a match made in heaven. My parents and grandparents are/were the same way.

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  20. IceAlisa

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    How do you guys manage when you are an early bird married to an night owl or vice versa? My husband used to be a night owl as well but he has to be at work fairly early and so converted to a reluctant early bird. My son woke up at 9:20 am today. :cheer2:

    Oh and

    NIGHT OWLS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! END THE OPPRESSION OF THE EARLY BIRDS (WHO RUN THE WORLD)!!! MAKE SCHOOLS HAVE 2 SHIFTS, ONE FOR THE EARLY BIRDS STARTING AT 7 AM AND ONE FOR THE NIGHT OWLS, STARTING AT 1PM.

    :mitchell: :lynch: :drama:
     
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  21. l'etoile

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    I'll gladly join in! I'm a serious night owl that if I have a early appointment in the morning, I rather choose not to sleep at all. Such a work :drama:
     
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  22. quartz

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    I like that my husband goes to bed earlier....gives me 2-3 hours to myself where I can watch what I want on TV, do my journaling, snack without sharing, drink that extra glass (or two) of wine without being asked, "you're having another glass??" I am an introvert and I like my private space.
     
  23. skipaway

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    Night owl here but forced into the early bird world. OR cases start at 0715. I'm at work around 0545.
     
  24. vesperholly

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    I'm a night owl ... who got a job working from 6pm - 2am. Heaven! I usually try to go to bed between 4-5am and wake up ... WHENEVER I WANT MUAHAHAHA.

    However, it doesn't make it easy to do "normal hours" stuff, like going to a bridal shower at 11am, or adjusting when on vacation. Usually the first day is terribly sleep-deprived delirium and after that I'm fine.
     
  25. Anita18

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    Natural night owl here. I stayed up until 2am even in middle school, which made waking up for school torture. :lol: But I always wake up after a little bit of time. Definitely never fallen asleep in class.

    Actually when I'm deep in a project, I definitely prefer working super-late. For the past couple of days, I've been staying up until 6am and waking up at noon. :eek: I've turned into my sister's bf - he's a programmer and apparently it's not uncommon for programmers to keep those kinds of hours! :lol: Alf bucks the trend though. He's a super-early bird, and has actually gotten up before I've gone to bed lately. :eek:
     
  26. skatesindreams

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    I have usually been at my best between 6 PM and 2 AM.
    However, I have learned to accommodate the schedules of "early birds", out of necessity.
     
  27. judiz

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    Unfortunately I get my second wind at night and live to regret it in the morning
     
  28. oleada

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    I'm definitely a night owl. If left to my own devices, I'll sleep from around 2 AM to 12 PM.

    I know lot of people complain that working makes them wake up early on weekends, but I woke up at 11 AM on Saturday and 1:30 PM today. I've never, ever had that problem. I am terrible in the mornings.
     
  29. quartz

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    This is me, exactly!
     
  30. Japanfan

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    Here, here, here. I'm a serious night-owl and always have been. That was one of the reasons I chose to be self-employed and since my work pretty much allows me to the work the hours I choose, I've become even more of a night-owl. I got in the habit of reading to deal with being awake in the wee hours of the morning and I can read until 6 a.m., then get up at 1 or 2 pm. Like l'etoile, I will stay up all night if I have to do something early in the morning - though that rarely happens.

    I'd really like to push my sleep patters back a few hours because handling stuff that needs to be done during daytime hours is a challenge. And changing time zones is a challenge, especially because I live on the west coast.
     
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