Monday, September 26, 2011
I Love the Night Life
Are you one of those people who are up and chipper at 6am in the morning? Or do you come alive around 9pm when everyone else is hitting the sheets? I’m a night owl, by nature. I could stay up half the night and sleep until 10am well into my 20s (when I didn’t have a class the next morning). But my environment has forced me to be a morning person (or at least get up in the early morning, but you can’t make me like it).
I have kids now (sickeningly perky morning children) and a job during the week that requires me to hit the ground running at 6am. And I do it. I’ve even gotten to the point where I’m not grouchy in the morning… much. This is one of the reasons I taught myself to drink coffee this year. That’s right – I learned to drink coffee in the mornings (even though I still drink it with 1/3 flavored creamer). But I needed something to make the mornings a little more bearable; a shower wasn't working anymore. And it worked. I function pretty well most mornings, and even get up early on the weekends to hit the gym before the hubby goes to work.
But nights are the hardest. I get tired around 8:30pm – its like my body recognizes the quiet in the house as soon as the kids are in bed and starts to shut down. I just want to pile up in bed and watch television. As long as I’m asleep by 10:30pm, mornings work just fine. Yet the lure of the night still calls me – and its even louder if I’m stressed or sick. I want to fall back into that natural pattern where I’m up during the quiet, deserted night house and sleep while everyone else starts their day. I can read uninterrupted, write uninterrupted, and just generally absorb the quiet.
Most of the time I’m disciplined enough (and my body is exhausted enough) to go on to sleep. But some days… Its time to hit the coffee.
So tell me, do you live this tug of war or are you able to work with your body’s natural rhythms?