7/30/12

Night Writer



I am a night owl. I hate mornings (the getting out of bed part...not the amazing sunrise part). All throughout high school and college I had trouble getting to bed at a decent hour and often overslept. When I had a baby, I was one of those awful moms that let her baby stay up later than 8pm...but the bonus was I didn't have a baby that woke before sunrise. ;o)

When I started writing my book, I had a tendency to write all night long. I went to bed as the sun was coming up and my early bird husband was going to work. It seemed crazy to other people (hi, mom!)...but for me, those were prime writing hours.  Writing during the day was just not the same...and writing in the morning was out of the question.  Everything just flowed better at night when the house was quiet (except for snoring) and there was nothing else to distract me from my writing.  


Everyone I know either claims to be a morning person (like my husband) or a night person.  My mother (a definite early bird) thinks I'm the only one who does this and that I am doing great detriment to myself by staying up all hours of the night. I try to tell her that it's not just me and it's ok as long as I'm getting 8 hours (and don't schedule any morning appointments)...but seriously, it's a waste of my breath.
I googled it and read studies that say early birds are not just annoyingly chirpy people in the morning, but happier overall...and they're more successful in business because their "chronotype" is more geared toward a corporate world.  However, we night owls might have some advantages...according to this article, "...studies reveal [night people] tend to be smarter and more creative than morning types, have a better sense of humor, and are more outgoing..."

But we are woefully out-of-sync with the corporate world.  I disagree that this makes us less successful.  It just means we pursue other avenues to success, and perhaps have a different definition of success than what this article implies.


What do you think?  Are you a morning or night person?  
Early bird or night owl?
And do you really think it matters?



paxamo,

6 comments:

  1. I am SUCH a night owl. I can't make myself go to bed before midnight at the earliest no matter how hard I try or how early I have to get up. I don't think you can change it, I've tried going to bed early and getting up early for periods of time to reset my internal clock and it doesn't work. I'm tired in the morning no matter how early I went to bed, and I have trouble falling asleep early no matter what time I got up. If you're lucky you find a lifestyle that supports these habits, if you aren't you just learn to live with it and drink LOTS of coffee! I also like writing at night best, it all just flows better when the rest of the world is asleep. My mom is constantly telling me to go to bed earlier, haha.

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    1. Yeah, I've heard it's really hard to reset the internal clock, maybe impossible for some. Now I understand why so many people drink coffee! =) I never have trouble falling asleep, so I can get to sleep early...but then I'm either still sleepy when I wake up, or I still sleep late and end up getting TOO much sleep! =/
      So I've just learned to embrace my night owl tendencies...FB has been a big help with that! ;o)

      xox, STH <3

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  2. I am definitely a night owl. I used to be a morning person, but now, I hate getting up anytime before 11 AM.

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    1. Yay, another night person! =)
      Someone who understands that anything before noon is early! lol

      xox, STH <3

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  3. Morning person. And the corporate life has not made me happier....

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  4. E.D., I can understand that! =)

    xox, STH <3

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