Early Bird or Night Owl?

Sleep is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle, with 6-8 hours being the recommended amount of sleep you should get per night. I am one who definitely needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep, or you do not want to talk to me. (Same goes if I am extra hungry: either don’t talk to me or get me a sandwich.) However, I sometimes have a problem actually going to sleep because I’m so wide awake at night. Night is when I flourish…when I’m productive and want to get work done. In the mornings, all I want to do is go back to sleep and I waste a lot of time being slow and as un-productive as possible. I try to go to the gym in the mornings because that always wakes me up and then I get more done during the day. (Another good reason to workout.)

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Needless to say, I’m a definite night owl. No in between. The problem with this is that my brain is so attentive and active at night that it’s hard for me to go to sleep sometimes. Then when I get up between 7 and 8… whenever Yannick (the child that I am an au pair for) wakes up, I’ve hardly slept, and there goes my routine for the week. It makes me wish I was one of those people, like Rachael Ray, that claims they only need 4 hours of sleep at night. Imagine how much you could get done! But even though they say they only need 4 hours… is that healthy? I wonder. Does their body really need more, but their brain doesn’t register that fact? I’m not exactly an expert so I have no idea.

I always try to make sure that I get a good amount of sleep. For one, I love sleeping. And two, it’s good for you. It resets all your buttons and helps your weight stay consistent. But if I could choose, I would choose to be an early bird rather than a night owl because that’s the way the world works. The world operates on an early bird schedule: schools, businesses…most open at 8. What I want to know is: who decided this? Are there more early birds in the world than night owls? Why can’t we operate on a night owl schedule where nothing starts until at least 10 in the morning and we go to bed at 1 in the morning? That would give early birds a nice, relaxing morning with a slow breakfast and maybe a morning run. More importantly, it would let us night owls get our proper amount of sleep.

Who’s with me?

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