For those of you who know me, it will come as no surprise that I am not what one would call a “morning person”. To me, there is nothing I enjoy more than sleeping, and any time I am forced to come out of this blissful state is not very pleasant – for me, or for anyone with the misfortune of being near me. If I was able to let my body adapt to its natural rhythms and sleeping preferences, chances are you would rarely, if ever, see me out of bed before 10 a.m. OK, 10:30 a.m.
In addition to my fondness for sleeping (and for sleeping in), I am a night owl. My second wind kicks in at 10 p.m. or later. For whatever reason, that is the time when my energy and motivation renews — if I had my way I would never get to bed before 1 a.m. OK, 1:30 a.m.
Of course, living in the real world, this kind of sleep cycle isn’t exactly an option, so I am forced to manage a schedule that is clearly against my personal biological nature. I’m not quite sure how my employers would react if I informed them I would be starting my days no earlier than 11 a.m. (one can dream, anyway!).
In spite of all of this, lately I have been thinking about how I can re-set my internal clock so I can get out of bed at reasonable times. Honestly, this has little to nothing to do with reducing the panic I feel when I realize I am running late AGAIN each morning during the workweek (my colleagues are all too familiar with my ponytail and makeup-free look). Instead, I think longingly of what it would be like to have even more time on the weekends to enjoy life.
This is a great post. I can sympathize: Ian (my husband) needs AT LEAST 10 hours a night in order to function the next day. I, on the other hand, require between 4 & 5 hours a night. So he makes the errands list and I get up early and get them done. By the time he rises, the fun part of the weekend days are ready to start.
But, like you, running late every morning is also his big panic.
Thanks for the insights!
I know where you’re coming from. Josh and I have such vastly different sleep needs that it’s almost comical. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat and need 9-10 hours a night. On 7 hours or less, I’m a zombie. Josh, on the other hand, is good with about 7 and it takes him forever to fall asleep.
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