Some questions for morning people

October 16, 2008 | Uncategorized | 76 comments

This could not be more of a tangent from the usual subject matter of this blog, but I had to post it…

I got up early this morning, as I usually do to get some quiet time before the kids wake up. I am a night owl to the core, and though I get up early out of necessity it is not something I enjoy at all. As I did my zombie walk around the kitchen to put some coffee on, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be a morning person, to just want to get up early because…because you like getting up early or something. After a while of pondering this I realized that I don’t believe that morning people actually exist. It’s too hard for me to imagine. Even in seasons of my life where I had to get up early every day and regularly got uninterrupted sleep, I still loathed it.

I ended up recalling evidence like college roommates being horrifyingly perky at 7:00am and friends at sleepovers laughing and generally acting like they weren’t hating life at breakfast time, so I decided that morning people might actually exist. That left me with a bunch of questions about this phenomenon. I know this makes me weird, but I am such a hardwired night owl that getting these insights from morning people would be quite interesting and exotic for me.

If anyone would care to indulge me, here is what I’m yearning to know:

Questions for Morning People
  1. If you didn’t have any obligations, what time would you go to bed at night?
  2. Assuming the bedtime from #1, if you didn’t set an alarm, what time would you naturally wake up in the morning?
  3. If you have gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, how long does it take you to feel energized and ready to go after you wake up? Or do you just feel like jumping out of bed as soon as you open your eyes?
  4. If you have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, do you still feel peppy in the morning? If you do feel tired upon waking, how long until you feel more fully awake?
  5. Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke?
  6. Do you like being a morning person? Don’t you ever look out your window and think, “Aaah, this is awful, I’m awake and the sun is barely up! Why aren’t I asleep?!”

I’d be delighted to be enlightened about this. I’ll leave my answers in the comments for contrast.

76 Comments

  1. MacKenzie

    I am most definitely a morning person so I’ll try my best to explain what life on the other side is like:

    1. Probably around 10:30. I like my sleep.

    2. About 2 minutes. I get up, feed the cat, then sit down for my devotional. By then, I am good to go.

    3. If I haven’t gotten a good nights sleep, I am still normally fine in the morning, but grumpy and in need of a nap by mid-afternoon.

    4. Yes, I have. If I get to bed by my desired 10:30, I wake up and am ready to tackle the world before my feet hit the floor. But that doesn’t happen very often.

    5. I like being a morning person most of the time. My husband is a night owl, so I do sometimes wish I liked staying up with him but I just can’t handle it.

  2. stephanie

    1. 10 p.m.
    2. 5:30-6 a.m.
    3. about 10 minutes. Usually the same amount of time for the coffee to finish making. πŸ™‚
    4. there are some mornings where it takes me a LONG time to wake up. My three girls rarely all sleep through the night so sleepy mornings are common. That’s why I have coffee.
    5. I do like being a morning person now that I have embraced it. πŸ™‚ I used to wake up in bed and be so frustrated because I couldn’t go back to sleep. Getting up is my thing and like you, it’s when I get my quiet time. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I’m new to your blog and very much enjoying it.:)

  3. lyrl

    1. No obligations for months at a time? 2-7am was when I generally went to bed during summer vacation as a child.

    No obligations for the weekend (as someone with no children in the household who has a five-day workweek)? 10-11pm. (I go to be between 9 and 10 when I have to get up for work)

    2. With no obligations for months at a time, I slept until well after noon.

    On weekends, I generally get up between 6 and 7 am (I get up at 5:30am for work).

    3. I feel like jumping out of bed as soon as I open my eyes… except that my husband is still in bed, sound asleep (he’s a night person), and I really enjoy being near him.

    4. No. Tiredness will come and go in a few-hour-long cycle throughout the day.

    5. Yes (see #3)

    6. Yes, I like being a morning person. I pay the price of being less productive in the evening (I often want to go to sleep during our Friday night worship services, and it has nothing to do with the rabbi’s sermons), but I’m happy and productive in the morning, so it seems like a fair trade.

  4. Sylvia

    If you didn’t have any obligations, what time would you go to bed at night?

    11pm-12am

    Assuming the bedtime from #1, if you didn’t set an alarm, what time would you naturally wake up in the morning?
    8am

    If you have gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, how long does it take you to feel energized and ready to go after you wake up? Or do you just feel like jumping out of bed as soon as you open your eyes?
    I swing my legs on the side of bed and just get up. I feel more energized when I see the sun or light and it is not dark out.

    If you have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, do you still feel peppy in the morning? If you do feel tired upon waking, how long until you feel more fully awake?
    Oh, no. Some days I just feel so tired and tell myself to go to bed earlier. But, after I get through the bathroom routine, I am fully awake. That is how it usually is.

    Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke?
    Many times. For the day’s events ahead if I know they are something I am looking forward to.

    Do you like being a morning person? Don’t you ever look out your window and think, “Ahh, this is awful, I’m awake and the sun is barely up! Why aren’t I asleep?!”
    Nope! I absolutely love being up early, when it is quiet and there are no cars out and you can hear the birds or have some “me” time.

  5. Sue

    I am a morning person. I was the type of kid who woke up at 5am ready to go, and stopped taking naps before I was two years old. I am not like that now that I am a mother, but I am still much better in the morning than late at night.

    I do need 7-8 hours of sleep, though, so if I have no oligations and stay up until 1am watching movies with my hubby, for example, I am much less perky in the morning. For one thing, I can’t ever seem to sleep later than 7-7:30, even if there aren’t kids jumping on me.

    I don’t know about other morning people, but I can stay up late at night, and sometimes do. However, I can’t sleep in the next morning (even if I want to), so I feel horrible the next day. As a rule, I try ot be in bed no later than 11pm, but I am usually in bed before 10pm on weekdays.

    If I get a good amount of sleep, and not woken by a kid more than once in the night, I am perky within minutes of waking. I have not jumped out of bed already perky since becoming a mom!

    I like being a morning person except when I don’t get enough sleep, since I tend to wake up with the sun no matter what.

    Hope that covers your questions:).

  6. veniteadoremus

    De-lurking time πŸ™‚

    1. Well, it’s 00:29 now… but if I hadn’t had a ton of things to do tonight, I would have gone around 11PM.

    2. Seven. Give or take 15 minutes.

    3. It takes me a minute or so to actually realise that I’m awake… after that I’m pretty much good to go πŸ™‚

    4. Depends on the “not good”. Less than six hours (in total) means I’d need about 10 minutes to be really awake and running around. I’d be feeling a bit off during the entire day, though.

    5. Depending on the amount of sleep, more or less every morning. I’m sorry! I just like my breakfast so much.

    6. If I woke up by myself, not really… I can go back to sleep, too, should I want to. If I woke up because of mosquitos or roommates, most certainly πŸ™‚

  7. Sarah

    I followed a link here from http://karenedmisten.blogspot.com and I’ve been following your posts for a week or so. I had to jump in and answer this b/c I am in fact a morning persion.

    1) 10:30
    2) 5:30-6
    3) I wake up energized if I’ve gotten a good amount of sleep consistently for several days. After one night of good sleep I might need 5 minutes or so to get going.
    4) It might take me more like 15-20 minutes to get energized if I had a bad night’s sleep. But by 1:00pm I will crash hard.
    5) Yes. I used to most mornings before I had kids and my nights of uniterrupted sleep vanished πŸ™‚
    6) I’ve only rarely wished I wasn’t a morning person and never b/c I didn’t want to be awake in the morning but because I wanted to feel energized at night when socializing instead of desperately wanting to head home to bed around 10. I love the feel of the quiet in the morning before everyone is up and watching the sunrise is like a prayer for me.

  8. Jeana

    I am NOT a morning person, but I am married to one. I can tell you that if he has gotten enough sleep (which is not the amount I would need) he is energized the minute he wakes up. The newlywed period was difficult until he learned to tone it down. “Good morning, Jeana! It’s a beautiful day!” I would hear before my eyes even opened. I would quote that Proverb to him, about how a shout to your neighbor early in the morning will be taken as a curse.

    When he doesn’t get enough sleep, he’s not energized in the morning but he also can’t sleep any more–except when he’s been on a late night shift for a while and it finally catches up to him.

    The time question would be hard to answer, because he works such crazy hours and it’s always changing, so he has to sleep according to that.

    He LOVES being a morning person. He says he feel so much better when he can get up and accomplish so many things before lunch time. I kindly refrain from pointing out that I get it all done the night before, when I stay up late, so technically I’m ahead of him.

    I sometimes wish I were a morning person. It seems more compatible with society in general.

  9. Melinda Loustalot

    Questions for Morning People

    1. If you didn’t have any obligations, what time would you go to bed at night? 10pm

    2. Assuming the bedtime from #1, if you didn’t set an alarm, what time would you naturally wake up in the morning? around 6am

    3. If you have gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, how long does it take you to feel energized and ready to go after you wake up? Or do you just feel like jumping out of bed as soon as you open your eyes? It takes me 1/2 hour and a cup of coffee to really wake up.

    4. If you have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, do you still feel peppy in the morning? If you do feel tired upon waking, how long until you feel more fully awake? I still feel I have to function, but will try to sneak a nap while the kids watch a video around 10am. Ten minutes will work wonders for me nap-wise. .

    5. Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke? Only from a really good nap — a really good, short (10-15 minutes) nap. I feel like I’ve had a shower, too. My husband thinks I am nuts.

    6. Do you like being a morning person? Don’t you ever look out your window and think, “Ahh, this is awful, I’m awake and the sun is barely up! Why aren’t I asleep?!”
    Never in my life. . I love “dark morning” as my daughter used to call it. It is my favorite time of day. What I don’t get done by noon usually doesn’t get done. . I coast through naptime and by dinner I’m really ready to put on my pj’s. . Was I like this in college, not as much, but still comparatively an early riser. . 8am and raring to go. . even when the nightlife didn’t shut down til 4am. . those were the days!

  10. Multiple Mom T

    Raising my hand–Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

    1. Between 10 and 11. Because I’m worthless at night.

    2. Between 6 and 7. If I have gotten enough sleep, which usually means 8, I wake up happily.

    3. Once I get in the shower. That’s ALWAYS the first thing I do. Once I’m out of the shower I’m revved and ready to go. Yes, at 6:30. Honest!

    4. Without adequate sleep, that depends. Sometimes I have tea (don’t like coffee), sometimes I have a nap and sometimes I just soldier on. It’s much harder to drag oneself out of bed without enough sleep.

    5. Yes. Before children. And, actually, this summer when I was at the Hershey Feeding Clinic with one of my sons. I got well enough sleep every morning, woke without an alarm every morning and was completely ready to get up. Making you sick yet? πŸ˜€

    6. I like being a morning person. I enjoy sun rises. Also, my family’s life starts early in the day, so it helps that God made me that way.

  11. Catherine

    1. 10pm (but I aim for earlier since I try to get up at 5am, and I’m pregnant, and I have insomnia and never sleep well anyway)

    2. If I didn’t set my alarm I’d probably wake up at 5:45am when my 16 month old wakes up, but if he were to miraculously and blessedly sleep later, I would probably wake up around 7am if I went to bed at 10pm. Unless it was summer and the sun came out earlier, then I would be up when the sun came up. Or unless our next door neighbor decided to weed whack his lawn at 6am, which has happened before.

    3. It’s painful for the first 15 minutes or so. I set the coffee maker to automatically start in the morning so it’s ready as soon as I am up. That helps.

    4. Even if I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, I’m usually most tired starting around 11am, lasting until I go to bed. The first few hours of the day are all right, but I use up the available energy fast.

    5. On rare occasions where I’m not operating under a huge sleep deficit, yes. Even when I’m tired, I’m most productive in the morning, which is why I count myself a morning person. My husband is a night person though, so I sympathize with the differences.

    6. Because I’m more productive in the morning, I’m usually glad to be up in the morning.

  12. Erika Ahern

    Ha! I love this. The number one difficulty for me in college was that no one else in the dorm was a morning person… like me!

    Here are your answers:

    1. I would go to bed at 9.30 pm.
    2. I would then wake up between 6 and 7am.
    3. Okay, so I’m not up and at ’em as soon as I awake. I like to lie in bed for five minutes or so and revel in the fact that it’s still dark and there’s no one else around.
    4. If I have not had good sleep, however, it’s miserable. Mostly for my husband. This morning philosopher needs her sleep. Hence, the newborn/breastfeeding/toddler combo is a killer! I have a six-month old now, and am just starting to feel human again in the mornings.
    5.Yes. Until I had children… Now I feel peppy as soon as I’ve gone for a run or walk or had a cup of Joe.
    6.I love being a morning person. Exception: after breastfeeding every other hour all night. “In childbirth she shall work out her salvation!”

    Ah, thanks for the opportunity to revel! And thanks be to God I married a morning man!

  13. graceunbound

    Oh, this is funny! But I will try to enlighten you. πŸ™‚

    I used to be much more of a morning person than I am now, but yes, I am still a morning person. So…

    1. If I didn’t want to stay up reading a book I would probably go to bed at 9 or 10 instead of falling asleep on the couch at that time.

    2. No alarm, now I naturally wake up around 6, I used to wake up at 5 when I worked outside the home.

    3. I am awake once I brush my teeth. Once I finish my shower I’m energized and ready to go.

    4. If I haven’t gotten a good amount of sleep I am not very peppy. Then I usually don’t pep up until after I’ve taken my son to school and come home and made coffee. I’m awake, but dragging.

    5. No, I don’t think so.

    6. I love being a morning person. Mostly because it freaks the rest of you out. (kidding…but I really do love being a morning person)

    Disclaimer…I try to keep my pep under wraps until everyone else has woken up, because I fully realize it annoys the heck out of some of you.

  14. tc

    I am a morning person–5:30 is usually when my internal rooster crows (I’m in my mid-twenties…not that it makes a difference).
    1. 10:00 p.m. if not earlier
    2. 5:30-6:00
    3. 5-10 minutes. I like to lay there for a couple minutes.
    4. Yes, but then like 3-4 hours later I seriously want to go back to bed.
    5. absolutely!
    6. I love it.

    Questions for you:
    1. How are you not a total zombie after 10:00 p.m.? I can’t think straight past 10!
    2. Do you feel guilt when you sleep past 7 a.m.? How do you deal?
    It always sucked in college to be an early bird. All the fun stuff happened after I was too fuzzy to enjoy it.

  15. Erin

    I’m also eagerly waiting to hear what morning people say. Thanks for the diversion today! πŸ˜€

  16. Jill Davis Doughtie

    I am most definitely a morning person. Here are my answers:

    1. 9:00 p.m.

    2. 6:00 a.m.

    3. I jump right out of bed. Or, if I try to stay in bed, I fidget.

    4. If I have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, I don’t feel peppy, but I still wake up and want to get up. I have a hard time staying in bed and going back to sleep. But I feel less than 100% all day long.

    5. Yes. Frequently. I am usually alert as soon as I am aware that I’m awake. I probably get up within 10 seconds to a minute of being aware that I’m awake. (Depending on whether I haven’t slept enough and am trying to go back to sleep or not and depending on whether my husband is awake and snuggleable or not. Usually I have a very hard time going back to sleep, though.)

    6. I love being a morning person! I love being awake in the early morning.

  17. lyrl

    I’d like to modify my #4. If I get significantly 3-5 hours of sleep (significantly less than my normal eight), I feel wired the next day. Alert all day long, from the moment I wake up. Sometimes, if I continue to get 3-5 hours of sleep a night, I can continue this wired feeling for two or three days; sometimes not.

    Then, as soon as I get anything approaching a normal amount of sleep, I’m zonked for the next three to four days as my body recovers from whatever it did to keep me alert on such little sleep.

  18. marika

    I come from a family of night-owls, so I didn’t realize that I was a morning person until one night in college in design lab I got fed up with the noise and competing radio’s, and decided to come in the morning when people were leaving around 4am… amazing!

    1)usually around 10:30-11pm
    2)around 5:30am
    3)usually takes me about 5 min to get going physically, mentally takes until the first sip of coffee (which is usually followed by my first prayer of the day – a simple utterance of Ah! God is Good!)
    4)if I don’t sleep well, I still get up at the same time, but usualy crash and burn around 3pm
    5)I usually am alert and ready to go when I wake up. I usually want to take a nap around 4pm.
    6)I love being a morning person – it’s generally quiet and I love a good sunrise.

  19. SuburbanCorrespondent

    I used to be a morning person. I miss it so much. Even now, if I stay in bed past 7:30, I feel as though the day is ruined and I might as well give up. I have to get everything done (workwise) before noon, as I am useless in the afternoon. I am seriously missing grabbing a quick nap with my babies (the youngest is 3 and doesn’t nap). I get a second wind from 8-10 PM (curiously, after little children go to bed!).

    To sum up: mornings are for productive work, afternoons are for napping and socializing, and a 9:30 or 10 PM bedtime is plenty late enough.

  20. La gallina

    I love mornings. There is just something special about early morning, the light (or lack of), the fresh smell, the birds waking up. I love it.

    1. I would (and do) go to bed anywhere from 10 to midnight, usually 11:30 ish.

    2. I would wake up at 6:30 or 7. As it is, I wake up at 5:30, enjoy catnapping for 1/2 hour, then get up at 6 to dress before I nurse the baby at 6:30. At 6:30 I sit outside on my porch swing with my baby and my rosary. I can pretty much do that all year round since I live down here on South Padre.

    I don’t jump out of bed. I’m a little lazy about getting up at first and enjoy those last minutes of snuggle time. But I know if I don’t get an early start, our whole homeschooling day will be out of whack. If I don’t get up early I feel groggy all day.

    I love being a morning person. I feel like I’m in on some big secret that only me and those early joggers I watch from my swing know about. I don’t know if I would love morning as much if I didn’t spend some of it outside (6:30 to 7).

    I first discovered the beauty of mornings when I was 18 and we lived in the mountains of New Mexico. One summer I decided to start riding my back every morning at 6. I fell in love with mornings back then.

  21. Jon

    I’m either an early morning person or a late night person. My problem is inertia. If I don’t go to sleep by 8-9 pm I’m awake until either 1-2am or 5-6. Once I’m asleep I’ll stay asleep for 8 hrs give or take an hour, although I can easily make myself sleep for 10-12 hrs, so if I go to sleep at 8 I’m normally up by 4-5 am. On the other hand if I stay up later I will regularly stay asleep til noon or later. When I was working nights, for example, I would regularly be up at about 9pm and go to sleep at noon. Whenever I get up I’m usually awake and happy to greet the world within about 5 min unless I’ve gotten less then 8hrs of sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep it can take me 30 min to wake up enough to get out of bed, but once I finally get up I wake up quickly.

    I just wish days were something like 28 hrs long, then it would be easier for me to stay on a nice stable schedule.

    Jon

  22. Anonymous

    1) 10 pm – Start brushing teeth and changing into jammies, asleep by 10:30. This is being typed at almost midnight because my obligation doesn’t want to go to bed and doesn’t want to play w daddy. To ensure his survival, he smiles and coos.

    2) 6 am if not pregnant or frequent nursing, 7 am otherwise. Even with my erratic bedtimes, I wake up on my own by 8 am.

    3)As soon as I put on my glasses. Although I prefer to eat a bowl of cereal and read at least the first section of the first paper before I cook. The kids love Grandma – she’ll actually cook for breakfast.

    4) If I’m really low on sleep, I will drag some the next morning. I also will get queasy if I eat, but dizzy if I skip breakfast. I figure my digestive system is used to 8 hours of sleep

    5) Usually.

    6) I love being a morning person except when small people keep me up past my bedtime. I remember in high school walking down to the neighbors at 5:45 am to get a ride to the parish retreat (they found early morning got better attendence than evening) and how cool it was to be up when the stars were out and everyone was sleeping

  23. Anonymous

    I hope you have a post for those of us who are wired as night owls. I love the theory of the early morning quiet, etc, and have had periods of my life where I’ve had to rise early, but I’m just not made that way naturally. I get efficient after 10pm! It’s such fun to read all these responses.
    Nancy (n.o.e.)

    • Lindsey

      I am SO with you, Nancy! I wake up LATE at night!! I like the idea of being busy when most of the world around me is fast asleep. I know that I am not missing much then! πŸ™‚

  24. Bender

    OK, I just gotta come out and say it.

    You guys are sick. You are sick, sick, sick. And probably a bit evil too. Clearly you are not human. That is beyond dispute. It also cannot be denied that there is something seriously, seriously wrong with you folks — unless you guys are like 90 years old or something.

    In bed — and fast asleep! — by 9 or 10 p.m.?? Ha! That is when the body supercharges into action. Who wants to lie in bed for 4 hours before you finally fall asleep? It doesn’t matter that I’ve been exhausted all day long, come 10 or 11 o’clock, the switch suddenly flips on and I’m raring to go. Indeed, here it is 2 a.m. and I’m far from tired.

    And getting up at 5 or 6 a.m.?? Come on. Now you are simply being crazy. There is no such time as 5 or 6 a.m. It doesn’t exist! Why would it? How could it? As Augustine has pointed out, something that is completely evil would cease to exist altogether, and certainly if there were such a time that early in the morning, it would be a great evil. If that early in the morning exists at all, it must surely be a form of Hell.

    Certainly, if some normal person like me were made to be awake at such a God-forsaken time, you can be sure that some bad things would result.

  25. SixValentes

    *sigh* All of these replies from morning people are depressing me! I thought that maybe they didn’t exist too. πŸ˜‰

    I have my quiet time at night. I finally stopped feeling guilty about this after years and years of trying to wake up early in the morning.

    My kids wake up between 7:30 and 8:00, so that’s when I get up too. It’d be nice to have some alone time in the morning, but it just doesn’t work for me.

  26. Teresa

    I’m at work 7:30 am… reading this and drinking my coffee, trying to understand what these people are talking about. (=

  27. FamilyMan

    1) Bed at 10PM, read til 11, lights out. My wife and older daughters prefer the night owl routine, so we usually get in at midnight–compromise.

    2)5AM is when I would do it if up to me. See 1.

    3)Working off the assumption that 1 and 2 are normal, yes, I get up ready to get things done.

    4) Instantly awake, but maybe sluggish for a little while. Still dial in to work at 7, get coffee, read email and Google Reader. Usually the house is still asleep for another hour.

    5)Don’t understand the question. If I’m not alert, then I’m still asleep…;-)

    6)Never, ever. In the best week of my year each year, I take the Cub Scouts to summer camp. When the first hint of light comes through the trees at 5AM and the birds sound off, I’m up and moving. No clocks, no cell, no laptop, no TV, just me, the empty showers and the all-night coffee pot in the dining hall.

  28. The Sojourner

    1. Between 9 and 10.

    2. Between 6 and 7–certainly no later than 8. (I’ve spontaneously woken up at 5 am before.)

    3. About 30 seconds.

    4. Once I got 4 hours of sleep and felt awful the next morning. It took me about 10 minutes to feel really awake.

    5. Yeah. Isn’t that what sleeping is supposed to make you feel?

    6. Mornings are fun! Sunrises are pretty!

    I’d be interested in the night owl’s perspective (I haven’t read the other comments yet). My boyfriend is a diehard night owl(never asleep before midnight) and recently elected me to help him wake up so he doesn’t sleep through his noon class (yeah, his earliest class is at noon and he still sleeps through it sometimes). Sometimes I call him 4 or 5 times in one morning. I don’t get why he can’t just. get. up. already.

  29. Jennifer F.

    Fellow night owls –

    Do you believe what you’re reading? Do you think they’re making it up?

    • Julie

      I just proposed last week that we have some kind of Night Person Awareness Week, where the world caters to night people. The morning people will feel so awful all the time, and thus have compassion on us.

      I always explain my difficulty waking up like this: 7 a.m. is when I’m in my deepest, most satisfying, restful sleep. To expect me to get up then would be like me pouncing on a morning person at 1 a.m., expecting them to be completely alert and ready to go. Not. going. to happen.

    • E

      No, I cannot believe it!

      It makes no sense. I often go to sleep about 5 am. It feels like they’re wasting so much time going to bed so early.

  30. sara

    Ya can’t put me in a box! πŸ˜‰ As The Who sings:

    Some people seem so obsessed with the morning
    Get up early just to watch the sun rise
    Some people like it more when there’s fire in the sky
    Worship the sun when it’s high
    Some people go for those sultry evenings
    Sipping cocktails in the blue, red and grey
    But I like every minute of the day

    Interesting conversation.

  31. eally

    I used to be a nightowl not to many years ago. I can still stay up late now when I want to but my natural rhythms have changed and even if I stay up until 2:00-3:00 am I’ll naturally wake up at my normal time of 5:30 or 6:00 am. I know this because it just happened recently. My husband and son went to a campout and I was all alone for the first time in months and I was enjoying my quiet house so much I didn’t want to go to sleep! LOL I stayed up most of the night expecting to sleep most of the day Saturday…but it didn’t happen! Of course come Saturday evening, I was very tired and went to bed about 8:30.

    In answer to your questions…
    1)normal bedtime is between 10:00-11:00
    2)I don’t set an alarm but wake up on my own every morning around 5:30.
    3)Once I get up and brush my teeth and wash my face I am good to go. In a great mood…family has always “hated” my perkiness in the mornings. LOL
    4)I don’t remember what this question was
    5)Don’t remember this question either
    6)I love being a morning person! I used to sleep in late and 1/2 the day was over before I got going. Now I get so much accomplished before noontime – I love it!

  32. Jenny

    I am not a morning person, but my mother is. Her schedule was usually to go to sleep between 8-9 and wake up between 5-5:30. Unless it was summertime. And then she would get up at 4:30. It was insane.

  33. 'Becca

    The link behind my name is an article by a friend about his strange sleeping habits; I thought you might be interested.

    I’m not an early-morning person, but once I’m awake I reach full alertness very rapidly. It’s only if I’m sick, pregnant, or very worn out by getting much too little sleep many nights in a row, that I remain drowsy for a long time after getting up.

  34. Sarahndipity

    1. Probably around 9:30 or so.

    2. Probably 6-6:30.

    3. Actually, most of the time I feel like I don’t quite get enough sleep, but if I do, I feel pretty energetic as soon as I wake up. It may still take me a couple minutes to feel fully awake.

    4. No!! I only feel energetic and awake if I’ve gotten enough sleep. If I go to bed late I definitely don’t feel alert if I wake up early. I need to sleep in late to feel rested. I’m only a morning person if I’ve gotten enough sleep. But I feel much better going to bed early and waking up early than I do going to bed late and waking up late.

    5. Yes, but it’s rare. I’m a morning person, but I need to go to bed pretty early to feel alert as soon as I wake up. I think if I go to bed later than my β€œnatural” bedtime, which is most of the time, I don’t feel as alert when I wake up.

    6. Not really, because it seems like it’s always hard to get to bed early with everything I have to do, and fun stuff seems to always go late into the night. Though there are probably advantages to being a morning person that I wouldn’t even realize because I take them for granted.

  35. Teresa

    My husband and I are NOT morning people. One Saturday morning we were still in bed when the phone rang. My husband said “It’s either my mother or your sister” I laughed because he is right, they are “morning people”.

  36. Spring

    Thanks for asking these questions!
    I have NO info about being a morning person, NONE, but I really, really, really look forward to hearing the answers and learning about this strange species I have only heard about but never witnessed.

  37. Marian

    I don’t get morning people, either, Jennifer, but I wish I could be one. It does bug me that being an early riser is regarded as virtuous, even though all of the proverbs to that effect were written in the days before electricity and at a time when society was still heavily agrarian!

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never be able to pull of the “morning quiet time”, no matter how much sleep I get. My brain just doesn’t work then! Even if I get up, read and reflect, I don’t remember a thing about it by the time my brain has emerged from the haze later. It would be great to start the day that way, though, as day and night are very crowded.

    • E

      @Marian: “It does bug me that being an early riser is regarded as virtuous, even though all of the proverbs to that effect were written in the days before electricity and at a time when society was still heavily agrarian!”

      YES YES YES!! I think they feel a moral sense of superiority to us night owls. Even though as I mentioned in an above reply, that THEY are wasting those valuable productivity hours of 10 pm – 2 am! πŸ™‚

      • ELC

        I too have noticed that some early-risers have a sense of moral superiority merely because they naturally get up early… much like some people who don’t get sick think they’re better than the rest of us, as if they CHOOSE to not get sick and the rest of us choose to do so.

  38. paula k

    I’ve become more of a morning person by default of having children, but I constantly struggle. My routine is pretty similar to all these “larks” because of the two little ones getting up between 6 and 7 and if I don’t force myself to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, I pay for it all day long the next day.
    When my dh goes out of town which is relatively rare these days, I revert to my natural night owl behaviour, even though I have to get up early the next day! It’s easy for me to stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning and if I didn’t have to get up with the little ones, I’d sleep in until 9 or 10 easily.
    The problem with being a night owl who is forced to be a lark is that I am worthless in the morning. Strictly on auto-pilot. It’s 11:30am as I’m writing this and I still don’t feel like I am “awake”. And when I’m at my most productive in the evenings, I have to start thinking about going to bed!

  39. Tara Sz.

    Haha! I concur with what Teresa said. My DH and I are not morning people, so when his sister or my mom call in the morning, we both get irritated. A few Sundays ago – not making this up – my mother called at 8:30 in the morning to ask me where they moved the salon. 8:30 in the morning, on Sunday, asking where the salon moved to, because it opens at nine and she needs to buy a gift card. We are newlyweds with no children, and we had gone to bed not earlier than 3 AM.

    We no longer have a phone in the bedroom.

    On another note, I found once that praying to Padre Pio is a great help in functioning on minimal sleep. He used to only sleep 3 – 4 hours a night. I prayed for his intercession in getting up early to excercise, and it worked super well, it was such a blessing! But then I got cocky and started bragging to people that I only needed 4 hours of sleep each night, and the blessing – rightfully so – came crashing down. If I ever receive that grace again, you can be sure I will keep quietly grateful. I miss my morning jog.

  40. Doris

    1. 11:30 p.m.
    2. 7:00-8:00 a.m.
    3. A good 20 minutes.
    4. Sometimes, I don’t think I’m ever fully awake.
    5. A few times, I think, it usually involved some exiting plans for that day.
    6. Ha! Not really!

  41. Jennifer F.

    OK, here are my answers:

    1. When I was pregnant with #1 and not working, I actually tested this. I stayed up until 4:00 in the morning each night. It was wonderful!

    2. I would sleep until 1:00 or 2:00 pm and loved it. Seriously.

    3. Best case scenario: 1 hour. But that’s rare. 2 or 3 is more like it.

    4. On those days I don’t catch my snap and feel ready to go until around 9:00pm.

    5. No. Never. Not even once.

    6. n/a

    Now you can see why I’m so perplexed. πŸ™‚

  42. Suzanne

    go to bed – 4 am
    get up – noon
    cook a little, read a little, make and serve dinner
    start projects
    be wonderfully creative and productive until about 3 am
    tidy up
    go to bed

    Yeah, I am a night owl – how did you guess?

  43. Amy

    Who are these fake people you’ve hired to fill your comments section with fiction? πŸ™‚ LOL!

    I have always been a natural night owl, and have really enjoyed reading these responses about how the “other half” lives. πŸ™‚

  44. RedSalamander

    I am NOT a morning person by nature but I force myself to be one out of necessity. I am SO VERY crabby and disagreeable when I wake up that I must get up before anyone else so that by the time the family is up, I am somewhat coherent.

    I go to bed around 10:30 pm. If I stay up much later, I get a second wind and will be up til 1 or 2 AM (which I presume is my natural bedtime).

    I get up around 5:30-6:00 AM. My eyes do not fully open until I have thrown on some clothes, let the dog out, made and consumed a couple cups of VERY strong coffee, and sat on the couch in a daze watching the sun rise.

    By 6:30 I am awake enough to walk the dog, but still incapable of conversing in anything other then monosyllabic grunts.

    By 7:15, after a heckuva lot of caffeine and a forty-five minute walk or bike ride, I can form words and am now capable of doing complex tasks such as making breakfast, nagging children to get dressed, and making more coffee.

    Now, mind you, this is a very unnatural schedule I have forced upon myself; my *natural* state would be to go to bed around 1-2 AM, get up around 10-11 AM, and spend the morning drinking coffee and staring into space. Then complete basic tasks in the afternoon, leaving late afternoon/evening for the REALLY productive mental time.

    Unfortunately, my natural rhythms are at odds with the needs of my family so I force myself to be an early riser.

  45. Stephanie D.

    It’s not a coincidence that I work the night shift!

    DH is a morning person–goes to bed by 8pm and up by 4:30 or 5:00am if he hasn’t had a night of back spasms.

    I (on nights off) am usually in bed by 1:30 or 2:00 and up by 8:30am, 9 at the latest.

    Some nights the computer is only off 3-4 hours.

  46. Lucia Rosa

    I find it funny that even the “morning people” go to bed at 10 or even 12, whereas way back when everyone went to bed at eight! And I like the Chesterton quote
    “Instead of being regarded, as it ought to be, as a matter of personal convenience and adjustment, it has come to be regarded by many as if it
    were a part of essential morals to get up early in the morning.
    It is upon the whole part of practical wisdom; but there is nothing good about it or bad about its opposite. . . Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed,
    get up the night before.”

  47. Kelly @ Love Well

    Seeing as I’m reading this at 12:30 AM and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to force myself to go to bed, NO, I can’t believe this. I thought your questions were fascinating, Jennifer. But these comments are like reading transcripts from another planet! I can’t imagine waking in the dark and EVER feeling rested or happy. My preferred circadian rhythm is 11:30 PM to 8:30 or 9:00 AM. Doesn’t work well with kids, though, as you know.

  48. TRS

    I agree with Bender!

    Why anyone EVER thought it was a good idea to wake before 9:00am is beyond me.

    Fortunately, every job I’ve held but one started at 9:00 or 10:00am so waking at 7:30 was reasonable. I had one job (for 3 years) that expected me at work by 7:00am. I wanted to die. It was horrid.

  49. Jean

    Hi Jen another morning person here. I wake up with no alarm at between 5.30-6am, every morning. I feel full of energy and leap out of bed ready to go – even if I’ve had a disturbed night or went to bed late. I tell my husband when I wake him an hour later or so later, that’s he’s missed the best part of the day!
    He’s a night owl so our sleeping times are a compromise; what I’d like is to go to bed about 9pm and get up about 4am, but so we can spend some time together I stay up until 10.30 though I’m useless after about 8.30.
    The down side is I’m past my best at 10am! true! The rest of the day can be a bit of a drag for me but…I love my early mornings!

  50. Suzanne Elyse

    In college I was a night owl – I regularly went to bed sometime between 2 and 5 in the morning and got up between 9 and noon. I was like this after college too, but I’ve recently become a teacher and now I get up at 5 every day and go to bed around 9. I thought I would never get used to it, but now I am and I love it. I get up before 6 even on the weekends. I don’t really think there is such a thing as morning people or night people. You’ll feel fine getting up early if you go to bed early and give yourself a couple weeks to get used to it.

  51. Anonymous

    I thought I would share for you what my dad’s answers would be, but you need a little background. Our family is part of a sleep disorder study because there are so many of us (8 kids, 14 grandkids and counting) and we have two different sleep disorders that run through the family. Growing up it was always fun watching two of my younger brothers falling asleep at the dinner table (typically at 5 or 6). My youngest brother once did the classic face plant into his food – we all thought it was hilarious – if I recall correctly it was spaghetti. My dad has been known to fall asleep in the early evening in the middle of conversation: its not that you bore him, his body is demanding that he shut down. (Well, you might be boring him too, but his body is definitely making demands of its own.) Others of us are serious night owls, without obligations I would stay up until 2 AM +/- and wouldn’t get up until 10 or 11. As its been 30+ years since I’ve not had obligations, I tend to get up early and go to bed early.

    Anyway, here goes:

    1. 7PM – even with social obligations, this is sometimes about the time he’ll fall asleep sitting up in an easy chair. He is a classical pianist and attends concerts frequesntly, but if I had to put money on it, I would say he has never (NEVER) gone through an entire performance without nodding off.

    2. 3AM. This typically holds true even if he has been kept up late.

    3. He is pretty alert right from the start. After an hour or two of reading he tries to go back and get another hour or two of sleep. Then a nap in the afternoon, especially if he has plans to go out in the evening.

    4. Yes.

    5. Yes, but not this much. If he had his druthers, he would go to bed between 10 and 11, then get up at 6.

  52. Rebekka

    I am naturally a morning person but not an EARLY morning person, if left to my own devices I would go to bed between 10-11 pm and wake up between 7-8 am. If I don’t get enough sleep I rarely sleep longer but am very fond of naps in the afternoon.

    But I’m a nurse and I have to change between three shifts, so I don’t really have any rhythm left. I go to bed around 9 pm and get up at 5:30 when I have a day shift (7-3), when I have an evening shift (330-1130 pm) I sleep from midnight to 8 or 9 in the morning, and after a night shift (1115pm-715am) I sleep from about 815 to 315). You can tell that I’m naturally a morning person because I have no problem going directly from work to bed and fall asleep right away. Also when I wake up I’m awake and get up right away. I hate lying in bed when I’m not asleep, it makes me twitchy. (Lying awake when I first go to bed is not a problem: I sleep when I’m lying down and when I wake up I get up.)

  53. Multiple Mom T

    I did want to add one thing to my comment. My sister is a night owl and I’m a morning person. I don’t call her before 10AM and she doesn’t call me after 9:00PM or so. Unless it’s an emergency….

  54. lyrl

    Just wanted to post a few quotes from this article on sleep:
    …communal sleep equals safe sleep, because sleepers can count on there being someone else up or easily awakened at all hours of the night to warn others of a threat or emergency….

    In modern Western cultures, teens’ backward shift in sleep timing is considered a nuisance or a sign of rebellion, while extreme early birds get diagnosed as sleep disordered. In traditional settings, however, highly variable sleep schedules among individuals and age groups prove invaluable, since they allow for someone to be awake or easily roused at all times should danger arise, Worthman holds.

    It makes sense to me that humans would be wired to have a variety of sleep schedules, so that communities would always have people ready to respond to an emergency at any time of day or night.

  55. Jennifer F.

    Lyrl – that is a *very* interesting theory. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Peony Moss

    Still a morning person, though not as X-Treme Morning! as I used to be….

    1. Around 10:00.

    2. Maybe 6:30? Depends if I’m running short on sleep.

    3. About 10 minutes.

    4. Peppy and cheerful, maybe not, but alert and functional, usually. Once I get going — get the teeth brushed and the coffee brewed — I wake up quickly.

    5. Yes.

    6. I like being a morning person. I have had mornings where I’ve looked at the sun and thought “no, I need more sleep!” A super-luxurious sleep-in for me is 8:30.

  57. Anna B.

    If you didn’t have any obligations, what time would you go to bed at night?

    10:00PM

    Assuming the bedtime from #1, if you didn’t set an alarm, what time would you naturally wake up in the morning?

    0400 AM

    If you have gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, how long does it take you to feel energized and ready to go after you wake up? Or do you just feel like jumping out of bed as soon as you open your eyes?

    I feel like jumping out of bed once I wake up.

    If you have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, do you still feel peppy in the morning? If you do feel tired upon waking, how long until you feel more fully awake?

    Yes, because I know if I don’t get going I will just move slow the whole day.

    One hour after I wake up.

    Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke?

    Yes, everyday. My father was a morning person, my mom was not.

    Do you like being a morning person? Don’t you ever look out your window and think, “Aaah, this is awful, I’m awake and the sun is barely up! Why aren’t I asleep?!”

    Yes, I like being a morning person.

    Nope, I love to watch the morning come in thru the window. Especially a sunny day.

  58. Anonymous

    I’m late with this so I don’t know if any one will read it-but here goes, I think it takes all kinds but that being said humans can and do adapt to things. Some people are just not big sleepers(ask mothers of more than one child some are wired differently) As a mother, I just tried to normalize my kids so they would be awake when they should be and sleep when they should. This sounds like a “Duh” moment, but I had one kid and a husband who seem to be ok on no sleep.The rest of us not so much. My family is like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when they are running through the poppies, the sleepers needed a break but the wide awake Jakes just kept going. My job as the mother was to get everyone on the same page. It’s kind of working. We’re only in year 16 of this

  59. Stephanie

    Fellow night owls –

    Do you believe what you’re reading? Do you think they’re making it up?

    *Giggle* It is really incredible!!

    I am such a night owl, as is DH, but poor thing he has to wake up at 6:30 am every morning, and tries to drag us to bed each night at a decent hour. On weekends we regularly stay up until 2-3AM, sometimes 4 and wake up between 10 and noon the next day.

    I’m kind of strange, though, because while I am energized and love to stay up late, I really don’t like sleeping very late, I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of the day if I sleep past 10 during the week. Of course, on the days where I do manage to wake up at a decent hour (which, for me, means around 8) I still don’t end up being very productive until the afternoon! πŸ˜› So it’s not like I’m being any more productive if I wake up earlier…maybe I’ve been guilted into feeling that way by my Mom, lol.

  60. Domenico Bettinelli

    1. Probably midnight or later. I think I’m that rare bird: the night owl who’s also a morning person.
    2. About 8am, although I normally want to get up earlier. Otherwise, I feel like I’m wasting the day.
    3. I’m ready to go when my feet hit the floor.
    4. If I haven’t got much sleep then I’m groggy. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve fought to stay awake driving to work after being up all night with the kids.
    5. I’m most alert on waking when I have to go somewhere early, like catch a flight or take a trip. There have even been times when I’ve woken up just before my alarm clock. And then I’m raring to go.
    6. I like being up early most days, especially on vacations. I want to take advantage of every moment and appreciate it, rather than spend the time unconscious. We only get so much time in this life, why waste 1/3 of it asleep? πŸ™‚

  61. Duffy

    As a recovering night owl here’s my $0.02:

    1. Probably 10:00 PM

    2. 6:30 AM but that’s b/c I have kids. No kids? Probably 7:30

    3. Depends on the day. Sometimes I’m good right out of the gate. Most days I need to brush my teeth and shower and I’m good.

    4. Usually need to get moving to shake off the fog. Give me half an hour tops.

    5. There was that time the fire alarm went off…

    6. I like it. It’s much less stressful to ease into the day rather than squeezing in that extra 30 min. of sleep and having to rush. I don’t miss staying up late b/c I’m too old to go out any more and where I live now things close early unlike NYC where nothing closes ever.

  62. Catherine

    1. 11pm
    2. 6:30-7am
    3. pretty much instantly
    4. just need to take a shower and I’m fine no matter how little sleep I get–but when it hits about 3pm, I’ll be dead tired
    5. yes
    6. I love the morning! I just wish I could get more sleep these days!

  63. ~*~ Jennifer ~*~

    1. 9 or 10.

    2. 5:00 a.m.

    3. I feel like jumping out of the bed as soon as my eyes open, but then I head to the potty room.

    4. Yes… I still feel peppy in the morning… but I start dragging in the afternoon and want to take a nap.

    5. Yes. Please don’t hate me.

    6. um… what was the question? LOL when I had infants and was up sevearl times in the night… then the natural body alarm clock went off at 5:00… then I was thinking… Oh My Word… but that only lasted 9 years. So I’m over that infant stage and now am back to perky.

    In FACT.. if I try to sleep in like normal people do… my back starts hurting.

    Weird?

    That’s my I’m up reading blogs at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday while the rest of my household sleepeth… and I only got 6 hours of sleep. I’ll be wanting a nap this afternoon.

    Thanks for asking.

  64. ***Zeina***

    This is funny. I used to believe there is not really any such thing as a nightowl – just people with bad habits. It’s only in the last few years I’ve realized there are truly innate differences. I feel so bad that I used to get really mad at my husband for staying up and sleeping late.

    1. I usually feel like going to sleep around 9:30 pm. Most times I cannot actually accomplish this, but I’ll fall asleep in an instant if I sit down on the couch at that time. That happens at least 2 or 3 times a week. The older I get, the more I realize that I should just cooperate with my body, but I hate going to bed without my husband.

    2. If I’ve gotten enough sleep consistently for a few days, I usually wake up around 5:00 am. If not, it’s more like 5:30 to 6:30.

    3, 4, and 5. I always feel ready to go as soon as my eyes open regardless of whether or not I got enough sleep. It is an insistent urge to jump out of bed immediately. But I hate getting out of bed alone.
    If I don’t get enough sleep, I may still feel exhausted, but my mental and physical energy is still at it’s peak for the day, and WAY exceeds anything my husband feels when he gets up, no matter how much sleep he got. I actually never quite got the concept of people needing time to “wake up” until quite recently. I see it, but I don’t understand it. I used to think my husband was just being rude when he wouldn’t converse with me first thing in the morning. That’s the time I’m most capable of complex conversations or tasks. I am always fully awake as soon as my eyes open. My husband says that sleep to me is like an on/off switch. That’s pretty accurate.

    6. I LOVE being a morning person, and wouldn’t trade it for the world. The sunrise is just the best, most energizing sight in the whole world, and I feel badly cheated if I miss it. It pretty much screws up my whole day. When I’ve tried to stay in bed late because my husband doesn’t want to get up or because it’s too cold in our ancient, unheated bedroom, I end up in a really foul mood. I used to feel lonely by myself in the early morning, but now two of my six children have proved to be morning people, too, and it’s fun to have them around all bright and cheerful and ready to go.

    An odd aside – in our family, the morning people eat a big breakfast first thing, and the nightowls either wait awhile, or just don’t even like breakfast. Something I’ve noticed…I really believe now that their bodies are just not ready for anything right away or early in the morning. Probably for the same reason, I don’t usually feel like I can deal with eating very late at night. My body just wants to shut it down.

  65. Luke

    I know I’m way late, but I’m going to add my two cents too (just to be redundant [smile]):

    1. Bedtime is 10pm every night. Movie Nights (like tonight) are the exception… which ends around 1-2am.

    2. I get up at 6am just about every morning. Especially Saturdays (I have an easier time getting up on Saturday than any other day).

    3. If I had good sleep I’m totally up. I can start writing right away.

    4. If I’m groggy I take a shower to get me going. I typically take a 15 minute shower and just let the hot water ease me awake. It’s a beautiful thing.

    5. Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke? Absolutely. This morning was that way.

    6. When I was writing in my book every morning I loved getting up before the sun. Now that I have to go to work before 6:30, it’s sometimes annoying. Of course, then I just take a shower [smile].

    On days when I’m toast, if I don’t get up right away I’ll fall back asleep. Swimming season in college was brutal: 1am to sleep, 4:30am to the pool. I fell asleep in class… often.

    ~Luke

  66. Steve

    I always find it odd when I read about morning people drinking coffee. If the morning is such a great time to be awake then why do you need an artificial crutch to remain awake?

    I’ve noticed that morning people tend to take naps more often than night owls, and that they often try to make owls feel guilty for sleeping in. Do morning people feel guilty for taking naps? If not, why not?

    I’m a night owl. I can sleep for 8 hours and feel refreshed if those 8 hours end at noon or feel like a zombie if those 8 hours end at 7am. Same duration; different outcomes. I hate taking nap and I don’t use caffeine in the morning to wake up.

  67. Χ˜Χ•Χ‘Χ”

    1. If you didn’t have any obligations, what time would you go to bed at night?

    I go to bed around 9 or 10.

    2. Assuming the bedtime from #1, if you didn’t set an alarm, what time would you naturally wake up in the morning?

    7:00ish

    3. If you have gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, how long does it take you to feel energized and ready to go after you wake up? Or do you just feel like jumping out of bed as soon as you open your eyes?

    Sometimes it takes me a minute to get up. I say a morning prayer right after waking up, but I usually have to jump around a little bit or splash cold water on my face so I’m alert enough to say a coherent prayer.

    4. If you have not gotten a good amount of sleep the night before, do you still feel peppy in the morning? If you do feel tired upon waking, how long until you feel more fully awake?

    I feel horrible. The whole day goes worse, and I have trouble staying awake when just sitting doing something, like studying or reading or watching tv.

    5. Have you ever in your life felt alert and fully ready to get up as soon as you awoke?

    Yes, it happens often.

    6. Do you like being a morning person? Don’t you ever look out your window and think, “Aaah, this is awful, I’m awake and the sun is barely up! Why aren’t I asleep?!”

    I love being a morning person. It feels so good and I feel like I get so much more done. Hahaha, no I don’t ever think that. I love getting up before anyone else when it’s perfectly quiet and my mind is clear.

  68. Lindsey

    Great topic! I am SO, SO, SO a night owl! These answers fascinate me! πŸ™‚

  69. Julie

    I agree — totally fascinating.

    Am I the only night person who dropped her infant’s 6 a.m. feeding first? People used to ask me how I got my daughter to sleep in, and I said, duh, I dropped the 6 a.m. feeding — that’s practically the middle of the night for me! The 2 a.m. feeding wasn’t a problem, ’cause I was still up! πŸ™‚

  70. Jill

    I, unfortunately am a 10am to 10pm person. I don’t understand functional people prior to 10am. I’m only functional after I’ve had my 3 mugs of coffee, and the kids know not to talk to me until after the mug has been put by the sink. I could easily take a nap every day, and I’d love to be in bed by 9pm, earlier if I actually want to get any reading done. I have 5 children ages 2-10 and I love that they are good sleepers. I guess they inherited that from their mom!! I do envy people who are up-and-at-em sort of beings. Most days I see 3pm on the clock and wonder what in the heck I’ve done with my day. It would be nice to want to get up early and get things moving. I’ve seen a few sunrises in my life, and they are beautiful! Maybe I just need to get a less comfortable bed?

  71. Stephanie

    This is such a fun topic!

    I’m currently a night person. My husband and I put our girls (ages 1 & 4) to bed around 8:30pm – then we stay up until 1 or 2am. Our whole family wakes up around 8am. Unconventional? Perhaps. But it works for us.

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