It’s midnight and your brain is more fired up than ever. Should you go to bed?
I’ve been trying to answer this question for at least 10 years. As far back as I can remember I have stayed up late, often past 1 AM. I even moved to Hawaii, which is 5 or 6 hours behind. What happened? My sleep schedule caught up with me and I still slept during the day. Weird…
I can still remember when I had an early morning shift at a factory. I would often stay up until 1 and then sleep for a few hours before having to go to work all day. It was brutal…
It seems like all my life I have been in a constant struggle against society. Just about everything we do is setup on a typical 8 – 5 schedule. In college my classes often started at 8 and every job I ever had started before 9. Heck, even some stores open early and close before 7 PM. It makes it pretty difficult for night owls like myself.
So Long Schedule…
When I quit my job last October, I no longer had a set schedule to follow. I was used to getting up around 7 AM but I still hated it. So for the first few months after quitting, I tried to set an alarm and stick to a typical schedule. I would get up around 8 or 9 and start working. I tried my best to call it a night before 11.
However, there was just no way I could force myself to stick to that schedule. It made me realize that sleeping habits cannot be changed as easy as people may think. Even after 2 months of trying. For some odd reason my body wants to stay up at night, especially my mind.
The Last Month
Over the last 30 days or so, I have become even more of a night owl. Just the other day I went to bed AFTER my girlfriends alarm went off. It was around 5 AM and I finally called it a night. I slept until 1 and felt great when I woke up. Yet for some reason I felt lazy because I “slept in.”
The weird thing I have noticed is that I become more and more creative (and productive) after midnight. I start getting projects done like there is no tomorrow. Not to mention the quality of my work increases. I can get 10x more stuff done after midnight than I would a whole day working 8 – 5.
Night Owls Are More Creative
I remember reading a study a few years ago that said night owls are more creative. They said it has to do with thinking outside the norm. I’m pretty sure there is some fact to that study. Especially after looking back at the amount of stuff I have been getting done late at night.
I did some research and found these interesting articles about staying up late:
- Night Owls Are More Creative
- 3 Smart Things About Sleeping Late
- Humans Once Nocturnal?
- Yahoo Answers Discussion On Late Sleepers
- 10 Benefits Of Sleeping In Late And How To Do It
- Obama Is A Night Owl?
After reading all of those articles, I feel pretty good about staying up late. I really don’t see any reason to change my sleeping habits. Just remember, email me at night if you want to get a hold of me.
Are you a night owl? Do you get more stuff done at night?
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