The other night I was browsing Instagram well past midnight (big surprise) and had a mini conversation with Liz regarding being awake at such an uncommon hour. She was surprised by how late I was up and I was surprised by how late she was up and it made me wonder if there really is something to the whole night owl vs. early bird divide. Turns out, studies have shown that humans are born with an inherent predisposition to nights or mornings. I knew there was a reason behind my 3am bedtime! Although we can’t alter our natural circadian rhythms (I feel like I’m writing a research paper as I type this), we can train our bodies to function on a different time-table. Which I firmly intend to do.

Next month I turn 26 and I’m starting to feel just a tad bit unnerved by that number. It sounds so late-twenties. On anyone else, 26 seems very young. But on me? It makes me feel old and unaccomplished. So in an effort to pull myself out of this mini quarter-life crisis, I made a few goals for myself. One of those goals is to get on a better sleep schedule. I want to go to bed and wake up earlier. I want that jump on the day that you lucky early birds naturally have. Plus, I love the way it feels to be awake early in the day. I love the morning light. I love waking up when it’s still chilly outside. I love when noon rolls around and so much has already been done. I love mornings far more than I love afternoons. In conclusion (this post has now officially reached research paper status), I desperately want to join the early bird camp.

And real talk: if all else fails, there’s always nap time.

xoxo

P.S. Apparently I only blog on Wednesdays? Fixing that right now!

18 Responses to “i’m a night owl, honey.”

  1. Amanda Rose

    I am SOOO predispositioned to mornings! My sister is like you. I say, as long as we work when most inspired. ❤ ❤ I'm 28 next month…feelin' the same way, but I don't let the notion settle. Instead, I think…what's my next project. 😉

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  2. hellomybubble

    I turned 26 last week – and I totaly feel the same. 26 feels old, or at least I think so. It leads you straight down to 30. I mean – 30. Oh my… but when I look back a few years I remember that I should be glad that I’m here right now, 26 years “young” with everything I have learned and achieved the last years. So maybe 26 is ok 😉

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  3. lndsyhnsnansen

    Funny that you bring this up! I had a discussion with my friend early this morning and she told me I am too happy in the mornings. Let’s just say I love mornings and you will too. Which reminds me… remember those Saturday mornings I told you to come to Zumba with me and you said 9 am was too early? haha I love it! Miss you girl!

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  4. lndsyhnsn

    Funny that you bring this up! I had a discussion with my friend early this morning and she told me I am too happy in the mornings. Let’s just say I love mornings and you will too. Which reminds me… remember those Saturday mornings I told you to come to Zumba with me and you said 9 am was too early? haha I love it! Miss you girl!

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  5. hcmason86

    I like the morning too. Unfortunately boo boo is a night owl. So now I pretty much just never sleep. I like how calm and peaceful you make things seem Ann-Marie.

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  6. Liz Tamanaha

    Hey there fellow night owl! 🙂 I’d be interested in reading up on some of those studies, this whole morning/night thing has always fascinated me too. My husband is convinced that the time we are born determines whether we are am or pm people. Don’t know how true this is, but I was born at 9pm at night and for me, no matter how tired i am/was during the day, when 9pm rolls around I always get that “second wind.” Like you though, I wish I could get up early. There is something magical about the morning hours, and to get so much accomplished before noon is an AWESOME feeling.

    You’re turning 26? I wish that I was as successful and on top of things as you are when I was 26. I know even bigger things are coming your way. 🙂

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  7. Renae

    I so love the idea of being a morning person! Esp in the fall and winter, I want to be awake for all those precious daylight hours. I’ve been trying to change my sleep cycle (we’ll see how it goes). I just turned 27 (it feels like an old number) but I don’t feel old. I just feel more motivated than ever to go after things and take care of myself!
    P.S. I love nap time!! 🙂

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  8. Aileen Barker (@barkerzoo)

    I’m a night owl too. Always have been. I usually get in bed well past midnight much more often than I get in bed before midnight. I recently got on a better schedule and now I’m usually in bed before 11 and up before 8. I love it much, much more than waking up late. I agree about the chilly mornings and having things done by noon. Whether I get up at 7am or 10am, 5 o’clock feels like 5 o’clock and I’m ready to be done. I’m just scared to stay up late now because it could so easily break my new early-to-bed habit! But then again there’s something about late nights that get my creativity going.

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