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Are You a Night Owl?

Sleep is often the first to go when our busy lives go into overdrive, but it's essential to our overall health to get consistent sleep and enough of it. Getting plenty of z's can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, not to mention it can prevent catching colds and protect you from heart disease.

Getting to bed at a decent hour is more difficult when you're a night owl. Your body wants to stay awake but you know that sleep would serve you well — your alarm goes off at the same time, no matter when you hit the sack. Do you call yourself a night owl?


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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I swear, I must be genetically predisposed to my intense night owl tendencies. My grandmother, my mother and I were all online chatting one night back when I was in college. It was 2:30 AM. This week, I've been on a regular schedule of hitting the hay at 4AM and getting up between 10-11AM. Luckily, my grad student lifestyle lets me do this.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
Count me among the night owls. I've been one ever since I was a little kid. No matter how many days a week I try to get up at 7, it's just not happening. My body was simply not designed to function before 8 or 9 a.m. As I explain, I live the same life as everyone else: I have a job, hobbies, husband, cats, etc. I just prefer to live that life from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. At 10, I'm just getting started!
neonbible neonbible 8 years
i am the biggest 'night owl' which isn't to good when i have early morning classes and/or work... but i'm so much more energized and alive after midnight i force myself to go to bed. perhaps things will change as i get older...perhaps :)
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Totally a night owl. In a perfect world I would work the graveyard shifts and sleep in the day. The night is my favorite time. It sucks though because I try to sleep early but I can not. It seriously has effected my health :(
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I am a total night owl. I find myself waking up around 4pm and really being productive in the second part of the day. I do not have insomnia, I just find I have so much to do, and I get most of it done in the late afternoon-evening. But of course I am dead the next day. My New Years' resolution was to be in bed by 10pm. So far I've been pretty good - not passing 10:30.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
no way. i go to sleep early 9 or 10 o' clock, or i'm awful the next day.
sahayra sahayra 8 years
I stay up late because its the only time I can relax and do whatever I feel like.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
Really, PinkNC? How do you do it? I'm jealous, I'm a total zombie with less than 7 hours of sleep! :P I am a complete night owl, no matter how early i woke up, i only want to go to bed after 2am, if not latter...
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I'm a night owl, if I had my way, I'd be up until 2 or 3 and in bed until 10 or 11. Even though I have to get up around 7 this semester for classes, once the weekend comes I completely revert to staying up late. Luckily, the firm I worked for after college, people didn't get to work until 9:30 or 10, and we stayed until 7 or 8, which totally suited me. I hope to god I can find a job like that after law school. And never have kids. :)
JenniferIsabella JenniferIsabella 8 years
i'm a college student, so staying up until 3 is pretty normal.
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
Night owl brain seems to work better at night and I seem to get more done then.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
Complete night owl. It doesn't matter how tired I am at 4pm, I'm wide awake and ready go at 10pm. It's even worse now that I have kids because that's my only 'me' time all day and I want to make the most of it.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i used to play online games. ha! but now, if i have something engaging, movies, stuffs to read, or something i'm excited for the next day i won't be able to sleep early! haha
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I rarely sleep. I can go days without sleeping. And I can mentally and physically function just fine.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm totally a night owl. my fiance and i stay up late watching nonsensical TV. and i end up keeping myself up playing sudoku puzzles.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It depends...if I have to get up early, I can do it with no problem. But I prefer to stay up later and wake up a bit later. My job involves working different shifts, so sometimes I have to be up at 5 and other days I don't start work until 2 pm, so it really messes with having a regular schedule.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I am not a night owl. When dusk comes the cave-girl in me wants to curl up in a ball and go to bed. But I am an INSOMNIAC and it sucks.
tsp tsp 8 years
night owl by nature, morning person by nurture. i like to leave work and have a couple hours of daylight (outside sports), so in the winters, i get to the office at 5am. but if work weren't an issue, i would probably be up until 2 each night, and sleep until 10. i love the late late night...for the same reasons i like the mornings, actually (quiet, peaceful) but i'm with feesje...i just have more energy at night, in general.
Feesje Feesje 8 years
I'm a night owl in a sense that I have far more energy at night than I do in the mornings. It's unbelievably hard to get up every single morning; I snooze for about 45 minutes...
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I am not a night owl at all. I am however and insomnniac of late. All week I have been waking up every hour on the hour and it makes for a very long day!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I wish I could live so I could sleep about midnight to 8AM. I'd totally be getting enough sleep then, but with my paying job I just can't... :(
Veronix Veronix 8 years
Well, no, not really. But I'm with niicoollaa, I also have a hard time with turning my brain off at night. But I love getting up early, and I work out everyday so I hopefully get too tired to think when I go to bed. Usually it works.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
totally a night owl and really need that to change.
1apple 1apple 8 years
I "turn into a pumpkin" around 10pm...totally not a night owl.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I'm 27 going on 65. I like to crash super early, often before 10 pm. I'm most productive in the morning, so I like to take advantage of that.
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