Mornings Are Just the Worst


My entire life my body has been trapped in a weird situation. I like staying up late, I love to sleep, and I HATE waking up in the morning. Everyday, morning is the worst thing that happens to me. As a kid, I grew up in a house full of morning people. They all jumped out of the bed ready to greet the day. Every morning they were eating grains covered in milk or piles pig hide with fried bread with syrup. They talked loudly and discussed the what adventures the day had in store. It was awful.

I was always the last person to wake up. And waking up almost always included some sort of fighting, crying, or all around fussy mood. They’d say, “Good morning grouchy pants!” or “Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed… again!” and “Oo-oo, Oo-oo, Oooooooooo, you’ve got a bad attitude!“. Their jokes were inappropriate and uninspired.


It should come as no surprise that I’ve always been a champion of the night and warrior against the morn. But was I ever at a major disadvantage because of my night owlish ways? Science suggests that I was not. In your face Mama!



It always boils down to genes. Science is consistent like that. Genetics play a big part in your sleep patterns. And with that, there are positive and negative consequences.

On the other hand, evening people tend to be more extravagant, temperamental, impulsive and novelty- seeking, “with a higher tendency to explore the unknown.” They are more likely to suffer from insomnia and ADHD. They also appear to be more likely to develop addictive behaviors, mental disorders and antisocial tendencies, and even to attempt suicide. –CBS News

I’m choosing to ignore those pesky, negative side effects from sleep deprivation due to having night owl tendencies. I’m not a ‘glass half empty’ kind of girl. The good news is that I work well at night. I get a lot of house work and work work done between 9-12 PM. My brain is usually on fire at that time so sleep is futile anyway. But when I go to sleep. I sleep hard.

I wish I had a better natural sleep pattern. I’ve tried all the tips and tricks to sleep on a regular schedule, but they don’t help much. I still go to sleep late and catch up on weekends. It’s just who I am.

I’ve made peace with my night owlish ways a long time ago. Now, if I could just get my school district to accommodate my sleep needs, life would be grand.

What about you? Are you a night owl or a morning lark? Do you live with your sleep opposite?

28 thoughts on “Mornings Are Just the Worst

  1. I have changed throughout my life. I used to enjoy staying up late, but now I feel terrible if I am up past 10. I go to bed early, and then get up early. Getting up before 7 used to feel like torture, but after having 2 babies, I started getting up early to get things done when I am refreshed. We’ll see how long this lasts!

    • Maybe if I had children, I would have changed too. Moms do what they have to do.

      I do try (and mostly fail) to get up early and go to the gym. It really helps me help get into the groove of the day big time. I just can’t get out of bed.

  2. I was born to a mixed-sleep couple and Dad was always in charge of dragging me out of bed with obnoxious (now well-loved) songs while Mom slept in. I married a morning person and soon put him in charge of waking up the night-owl children we produced while I waited till the last minute to jump up. It takes all kinds… Glad to be in such good company…

  3. Thanks for the video! I too am a night owl. My preferred sleep pattern is midnight or 1 to 8 or 9. In the summer it can creep even later. Because I’m a teacher, I try to get to bed by 11, but often fail. I don’t really wake up until I’ve been at work for at least a half an hour so I keep to myself as much as I can. I can be a bit grouchy in the mornings. My family always teased me about this when I was growing up too. Nice to know I’m not alone. 🙂

    • Ha! Night Owls Unite!

      Good thing is I can get ready in 15 minutes flat. I’ve made a habit of getting ready at break neck speed in the morning and getting out of the house ASAP. If I don’t, I’ll go back to sleep. I just suck it up and start the day. Blarg.

  4. This just made me smile! I’m a morning person (as long is it is after 6 a.m. — a girl has to have rules). I get my best work done in the morning. There is little house work that gets done at night and most of the other things I attempt are a struggle.

    I think you set your family straight. The video really helped prove your point. I enjoyed the voice of your piece. Your description of mornings with your family was such fun to read.


  5. Oh, I LOVE this post because I am exactly like you! 😉 I love staying up late and sleeping late. I actually get a second wind about 8:00 pm. 😉 I, too, think my teaching job would be perfect if it started much later. Ha. Fortunately, my husband and daughters are the same – we are all night owls! Katie, my youngest, doesn’t like to stay up quite as late as my husband and older daughter, but she still loves to sleep late, so that’s fine with us. Loved this slice – it made me laugh! Also love the video!!

    • I’m glad you liked it.Your kids are lucky they have understanding parents. 🙂

      My poor niece and nephew are the same way I am while my brother and sister in law can wake up a 5 am unassisted. I swear they are aliens. 5 am is prime sleeping time.

  6. I would be one to annoy you because I love mornings. I go to bed as soon as I can after the sun. I am totally useless after 9 PM and often get giddy. My children used to set the clock by my mindless laughing fits.

    • Ha! I love that you get giddy, literally. I always tried to get to school extra early so I could drink coffee, get my classroom ready, and “meet the day” before my kids arrived. If I didn’t, I would often be grouchy in the morning. That’s no fun.

      My former partner in 4th grade crime was a super, chipper morning person. It drove me bonkers even though I just loved her.

  7. I’m a night owl, too…but I also rise early. Sigh. I like the fact that you have accepted what works best for you – now to convince your school district to adjust their clocks! 🙂

  8. I think I need the sun’s energy to drive me. When the sun is up and shining, I get busy. Cloudy days are hard to get me motivated. Therefore, I am definitely not a night person.

    • I just want to crawl in my bed and sleep and/or read on cloudy days. There is nothing better than a nap on a sunny afternoon. +10 bonus points if the nap is outside.

      I may be a night owl, but I do love my sleep!

  9. I am definitely a morning person and my wife is as night person. I am usually in bed by 11 o’clock and she is up til 2:00. Her quiet alone time is when I go to sleep. I get my quiet alone time in the morning before she gets up. This works well for us.

  10. In my ideal world I’d wake up early and go to bed early. The only problem is that most of the social things I like are later in the evening/night, so then I find myself staying up to do those things and waking up later because of it. But if I were more isolated I’d probably wake at 6am and sleep at 9-10pm.

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