The one thing I am most kidded about is my early bedtime. I have the sleep habits of a middle-schooler. On a typical night, I’ll go to bed between 10 PM and 10:30 PM. Then I rise between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM without an alarm. Yes, I am an unapologetic morning person.
Although waking up early and being productive is a highly valued attribute for a family man, it is a disadvantage to a single guy. It seems other single people do like the night life. By 11 PM, I look like a kid in the back seat of a car returning from a day at the amusement park.
Of course, this fact provides an endless source of amusement for my friends. So I decided to investigate sleep. I’m only 30 pages into the book Sleep by Carlos H. Schenck and I’ve already learned a few things.
…it appears that the tendency to be a “morning person” or “night person” is something we are born with. We all have unique biological needs and do our best when we accept them instead of forcing ourselves to fight them.
There is also a type of insomnia called early-morning awakening. It occurs when the sleeper wakes up too early. I may have this and have learned to deal with it by going to sleep earlier. Or maybe I just wake up each morning with a lot of things I want to accomplish and after a full day of working on them, I get sleepy.
Disco ball by Carol Nichols