Early to bed and early to rise makes me very, very tired and cranky.
Sure, there are times when I get up at the crack of dawn, but it’s usually because we’re headed to the airport for a very early flight. And really, since I generally stay up all night packing before a trip, “getting up” is really nothing more than ending the little nap I take before heading to the plane, where I sleep through the flight.
On a recent quick trip down the shore for our anniversary, my husband woke me with great excitement, talking about the sun coming up and the beautiful sunrise and all that. Our room had a lovely balcony facing the ocean and I would have delighted in sleeping in the sunshine streaming through the window.
Yes, the sun came up. That’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. If it doesn’t happen, go ahead and wake me up.
I’ve been a night owl all my life. Even as a baby I sat in the crib looking around far into the wee hours. I did the old cliché reading under the covers with a flashlight until I couldn’t see the print anymore because my eyes were so tired.
I missed more school buses because I overslept than any kid in history, but I can honestly tell my children I walked miles to school up very steep hills. Truthfully, I ran most of the way so I wouldn’t be late.
No matter how hard I try, I can’t change my biological clock. I’ve managed to get up for work in the morning for many years, but I can’t seem to manage the other end—going to sleep at what most people would consider a reasonable hour. Thus, I fall asleep with my nose in the newspaper or my head on the keyboard very often.
What I don’t understand is why it’s considered virtuous to get up before the sun. My body can get out of bed, but my brain doesn’t follow until much later in the day.
So many writing-advice books tell us to get up an hour early to get our writing kickstarted for the day. I can’t even imagine what sort of writing I’d produce under such a system. I’m sure it would make no sense at all.
Night own or morning lark. Which are you? And have you been forced to change your natural tendency because of some circumstance in your life?
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