Are you a Morning or Night Person?

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Are you a morning or late night person? I think at one time my best work was done at night, but after so many years of waking up before the birds, I metamorphosed into a morning person.

I generally wake up by 5am, though some days it’s much earlier. I don’t mind getting up early though I draw the line at 3am and force myself to go back to sleep.

The house is quiet before dawn and I can read without distraction. It’s my best time to write too. Many times I wake up with a good idea for a blog post or something I need to tell a friend, so I write it out first thing in the morning while it’s fresh.

I dislike noise–intensely. The dogs know to be quiet in the wee hours. They loyally follow me out of the bedroom and sit with me while I catch up on news or writing. But once Greg wakes up all bets are off.

How can I put this delicately? Greg is loud. LOL! He’s bigger than life, taking over a whole room the moment he enters it. In my tomb-like existence of early morning, he’s like a big brass band. We’ve been married over 40 years and I’ve never been able to tone him down to a soft roar.

Fortunately, the dogs warn me when he gets out of bed from four rooms away, so I can prepare myself for the coming commotion.

I’m usually up for 3-4 hours before he wakes up so I’ve had time to get my “me” time.

When is your most productive time? Are you the quiet one or the big brass band? And are you an early riser by force or by habit? Have you ever worked shift?

I have to hand it to Greg. He worked shift in 12 hour days (or nights). They had him on a horrible schedule though. One week would be days, the next week would be nights. How do you accustom your body to switch like that? I think it’s inhuman.

He did this for YEARS. I honestly don’t know how he managed but he did learn to sleep in little pockets of time. I would’ve been mighty cranky if someone made me change my schedule every week.

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13 Comments

  1. Maria I too have become more of a morning person. Getting up and staying up however are two different animals as it seems like if get up at 4 or 5 am am forced back into bed by 10 or 11 am by a body whose get up and go got up and went. After either napping for an hour or so or just laying flat for 30 minutes reading am able to stay up the rest of most days, at least till 7 or 8 pm at which point my pillow calls me so loudly that have no choice but to give in and go to bed for the night.

    Greg is not the only one, mine is the loudest person in our house when he is home. Either playing his guitar or watching TV he manages to sound like a crowd and yet is only one person.

    • Jackie: I wish I could take a nap, but if I do, I’m doomed not to sleep that night. You’re already fighting a terrible disease so rest is vital for you. It’s an uphill battle for you everyday.

      re: husbands
      But we love them. 🙂

  2. I’m more of a morning person. And I really do want to start writing in the morning, but then I get distracted…and hungry. I need to set a schedule and stick to it one of these days. It always seems like SOMETHING is going on, preventing me from writing. Of course, I think most of it is my brain! Ooo, shiny! Haha!

  3. Stacy: You sound like Greg. He wants food first thing in the morning.

    I’m not a breakfast person so I don’t think about eating until I’ve put a few miles on me, but since I have to cook for him, I might as well eat.

    PS I get distracted too, but it’s usually I get caught reading longer than I should.

  4. I’m definitely a morning person. Awake by 5:00 for the day job. But even on the weekends I’m hard pressed to sleep in until 5:30 or 6:00. Morning is my best writing time too. Luckily Allan is a morning person too, although I know he wishes I’d sleep in just a little bit on the weekend. LOL.

    As a younger person I did some shift work. Graveyard at a Circle K until I got robbed at gunpoint. I put inserts in the newspaper at 2:00 in the morning too. It builds character 😉

  5. I’m still trying to figure out how you morning people got control of the world. I’m a night owl who doesn’t begin to function in the morning until 10 or so. This used to create a problem at work where they actually expected me to be productive by 8:30. Now it’s not so bad. I can sit peacefully at my computer until the wee hours of the morning and if I look particularly dead to Stan when he gets up, he just leaves me alone.

  6. Morning. In bed by ten with radio news on. Asleep within 15 mins. My wife comes in later and switches the news oss, and sometimes wishes she could switch me off – though the snore ring on my little finger has worked wonders. I’m up between 5.30 to 6. BUT unlike you, I use the time to drink tea, listen to the news and waste time on social media. It’s called waking up. Procrastination if ou wish. By 9 I am ready to go
    PS my sympathies to Greg. I had a six week night job as a student checking the quality of soft drink bottles as they clinked past me on a conveyor belt. What made it worse was the large clock immediately in front of me.

    • Mike: Greg used to tell me the story of a doctor doing some research on sleep deprivation. He wanted to empathize with Greg and his coworkers and said he understood full well what it was like to work graveyards. He once had to work it for five days.

      And Greg said: Five WHOLE days?

      Needless to say, the doc was not amused. 😀

      Greg worked shift for 30 years. He was not impressed with five days.

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