Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
With back to school in full force, I'm quickly reminded that one of my daughters likes to stay up late and then needs to be drug out of bed in the morning while the little one gets tired early and is up with the sun. I. myself, am a night owl, but I've become accustomed to getting up early for work or to get kids off to school. My husband is a real night owl. He's up very late every night and cannot get up early even if he tries. My sister-in-law, a true night owl as well, has said, "I get up early for 2 things: to catch an airplane or to have a baby!"
There are many stark differences between an early bird and a night owl. Lifehack lays out that some of the differences are obvious, for instance, EB's love breakfast while NO's prefer dinner. One difference that may surprise you Is that EB's are more creative at night, while NO's peak creatively in the AM hours.
If you're not sure what you are, you would be considered an Intermediate. Sleep Expert Carolyn Schur says 21% of people are Intermediates, while 37% are morning types and 41% are evening types. Schur also says, "daily schedules followed by most people differ markedly from the schedules they would prefer to follow if they weren’t encumbered by work and family responsibilities." So, consider this the bright side: almost no one is rising and going to bed when they want to, so you are not alone. It's nice to know that my youngest child, who for the sake of this article I'll call "Alarm Clock", is not the only child tugging her Night Owl parents out of bed to put milk on her cereal.
Lifehack delivers another bit of good news; your rising and waking schedule is largely genetic. Two night Owls are more like to have a Night Owl child. I, however, was not so lucky.
Goodnight. Sleep Tight.