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?