A Night Owl's Perspective on Morning People
“Oh, what a beautiful morning!” said no night owl ever.
Do you know what might be worse than mornings themselves? Morning people. Let me just preface this post by saying that I am a night owl, 100%. I have to discipline myself to go to bed at a reasonable hour. I usually save my work and a lot of housework for the evenings. When I get up in the mornings, it usually takes me 2 hours to really shine, and that’s on a good day… And the crazy thing is that I married a morning person and grew up with one (Middle Sister).
So why are morning people such a struggle for me? I am going to use the article “Seven Things Morning People Do Differently” by Sarah Klein as a guide.
“Morning people are happier.” Yes, they are, especially in the mornings when I cannot think. All I want to do is stumble toward my coffee cup and stare in the mirror for a good 5 minutes before thinking. I totally do not want to think. On mornings I control, I just get up (eventually) and am neutral. No talking, no smiling, barely any thoughts. Simply on autopilot. Give me some time and I perk up. (Probably after that second cup of coffee). I am going to also add something rather embarrassing for me, so don’t judge. On days I work, my husband gets all the kids ready and out the door. When he works early, I get them all ready myself. Guess which one the kids prefer? Yup, the morning person. “He doesn’t rush us as much.” Thanks, kids. It’s a struggle for me.
“They get better grades.” Maybe. Don’t totally agree with this. Maybe if you are looking at people with the same IQ in high school or college. I think they just retain that info they are studying for in the morning right before the test. Night owls can barely read in the morning. So there’s that. But I am pretty smart, enough said.
“They don’t hit snooze.” Wow, earth shattering. I guess if you never lived with a true morning person, you might not know this. But let me assure you that my husband never hits snooze. Sometimes he just wakes up before his alarm goes off because he knows it is time to be up. So odd. I, on the other hand, set multiple alarms and still turn them all off and oversleep. You know what is worse though than simply oversleeping? The guilt you get from morning people about ever oversleeping or hitting snooze. “You shouldn’t need to do that. You are setting yourself up for failure if you set all those alarms.” Umm, pretty sure I am setting myself up for success, thank you very much.
“They’re more productive-surprise, surprise- in the morning.” That’s basically the definition of a morning person. It also is funny that in this article they reference morning people as larks, because they really are. They spring out of bed practically singing. Before I have time to roll myself out of bed, my husband has showered, had devotions, and is already working on his list of things to do, out loud. He’s just trying to be helpful, but he expects a response from me. “Could you remember to pay this bill today? And look into that hotel for next month.” Umm, stop talking. I cannot process anything. And stop asking me if something is wrong. Because it is. The sun isn’t even up yet. It’s great that you can be productive, but don’t drag me into it.
“They’re more conscientious.” If what is meant by this is the organization, lists, and preparedness in general, then I agree. They are very scheduled people. Or, better yet, inflexible. Yup, you heard me. I consider myself to be very flexible. Things don’t go as planned? Guess who is as cool as a cucumber (usually)? Me, the flexible night owl. Lists? Schedules? Ya, I try, but it takes a lot of effort for me to write them and even more effort to follow them. Just being real here. My favorite is when my husband writes a list for me or asks me to write a list… I can’t be boxed in by a list!
“They’re at lower risk for depression.” That’s because they sleep and wake up when they want. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone’s body clock told them to go to bed at 9 and wake up at 5. Wow, 8 hours! That sounds great! And the crazy thing is, these people are more than happy to wake up at 5. So, ya, depression is rarely going to happen if you are sleeping as much as you want. I mean if I could wake up at 8 or 9 every day and go to bed at midnight or 1. I would be happier too. On a side note, I don’t struggle with depression, just the run-of-the-mill sleep deprivation that comes when you mix a night owl with kids.
“They may be nicer.” Again, you sleep more, you typically are nicer. I am a super nice person in the evenings when I rarely see anyone. Just saying. And yes, my husband and Middle Sister are commonly referred to as really nice people. Truly, people flock to them. And here I am, in the mornings, expressionless, next to them while they carry on a wonderful conversation. No wonder I get a bad rep.
Listen, I know I don’t always love the characteristics of a morning person in the morning, but I guess I need them in my life or I would be chronically late (even later than I already am), more disorganized than I am now, and probably even more sleep deprived (because who would be there to turn off the lights and say we need to go to bed…). And the crazy thing is, my daughter is a morning person too, a true lark. Literally singing and dancing everywhere in the mornings. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?
I guess I could use more sunshine in my life.
Until Next Time,