Early Bird vs Night Owl

alarmclocks Early Bird vs Night Owl

Are you a morning person or a night owl?   For me, I have to admit – I am a little of both.  If I’m ready to get up in the morning, I practically spring out of bed and get right to business.  If it’s a work at home day, I’m up and at my computer quickly.  If I have to go in to work or be somewhere, I can be out of the house in about 15 or 20 minutes. 

However, I’ve found that I get my best sleep between about 7 am and 11 am.  That works fine if I’m working at home that day, but it’s not so good if I actually have to be somewhere. 

My other indulgence is a mid afternoon nap.  I got in that habit several years ago when I was doing 6 Week Body Makeover.  One of the recommended components is an afternoon nap, to let your body rejuvenate.  Well, sure, if you say so!  Who am I to argue with the experts?  If they say I need a nap, I need a nap! 

I’ve also found that late at night, I can really buckle down and focus, and get stuff just hammered out!  If I need to write something, I can do it really quickly after about 11 or so.  I don’t know if it’s because that’s when stuff quiets down, or I just get in a zone, or what.  

The worst part is that it all builds on itself.  I need a nap, so I can stay up late and get work done.  I have to sleep late because I stayed up so late.  I have to take a nap, because I had to get up early.  I can’t sleep, because I took a nap.  Such a vicious cycle! 

How about you?  Are you a morning person, a night owl, or somewhere in between?

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About Greta Brinkley

Greta is a newly minted 30 year old, originally from the West Coast. Now living in the Midwest, she loves hockey, sparkles, nail polish, and bright colors. She also cannot resist anything that has peanut butter and chocolate together. And she hates filling out bios. Yep.


  1. I'm a morning person! I love the time by myself, before the world comes to life & tries to get you down!

  2. I'm a bit of both as well. I've found that setting an alarm for my afternoon/evening naps helps. A half hour nap will refresh me but not keep me up later. Of course, it's not always so easy to get up!

  3. Haha, this reminded of a post I wrote about this a couple years ago: <a href="http://www.susiebhomemaker.com/2010/04/are-you-an-early-bird-or-a-night-owl/&quot; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl</a>. It was funny to read again because, though we've adjusted a little bit, we still stay up way too late. And my oldest daughter has had quite a few tardies in 1st grade and now 2nd grade. lol I'm definitely a night owl and think I probably always will be. ;p

  4. sharon powell says:

    I'm a night owl, hate early mornings. 

  5. Oops, guess html doesn't work in this comment box. lol Sorry! This is the right link without the mess-up at the end- http://www.susiebhomemaker.com/2010/04/are-you-an-early-bird-or-a-night-owl/ (you can publish this comment or just correct the original, lol). See it's after midnight during the week and I'm still up… I'm a night owl thru and thru! :D

  6. I am definitely a night owl! I didn't have a bedtime until I started Kindergarten…and those first five years of staying up late with my mom (another night owl) must have ruined me haha. I never want to get up before 8am. With a child now, however, I don't always get what I want!
    I also work better at night. I wish I could flip flop though, and work more during the day so I could be on the same schedule as the rest of my family.

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