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Old 09-22-2017, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by yellowsnow View Post
Still a night owl!!! I despise mornings and alarm clocks!

+++1. Gurrrrrl, I hear you! It better be something really special for early a.m. these days!
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:54 AM
Location: San Francisco
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Sign me up for Team Night Owl. For 30 years I worked swing shift hours, and it suited me fine. I'd started on the early morning shift, 5 am to 1 pm, but that schedule was completely wrong for me. I was sleep-deprived and miserable the whole time. After just five months of this torture, I gratefully switched shifts with another employee who wanted to work mornings.

After retirement I assumed I would turn into a "normal" person and start waking up early. Wrong! Almost nine years later, I'm still prone to insomnia, still find it hard to get to sleep before 3 am and still rarely get up before noon unless I have to. My husband was on the same schedule as me, and he hasn't changed, either.

I'd really like to keep more conventional hours, but it just isn't happening. Even as a kid I loved staying up late and sleeping in. Maybe, as someone else mentioned, people like us have brains that are just wired that way. I also agree with the poster upthread who said that morning people look down on us and consider us somehow inferior. That's so annoying. We night owls don't get no respect!

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Old 09-22-2017, 03:58 AM
Location: the Old Dominion
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Early bird.
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Old 09-24-2017, 07:20 AM
Location: Citrus Heights, CA
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Iíve always been a morning person and this hasnít changed after 13 years of retirement. I worked several years of my 25 years in the bakery having to start my shift anytime in the PM and hated it. I would prefer the time be changed to always have it light by 5 am and always dark by 7 pm.
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:54 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Originally Posted by Vasily View Post
Before street lights became common, people apparently slept in two "shifts":

Roger Ekirch | Department of History
I also sleep in two shifts.

As an extreme Lark, my body wakes me at 3 AM. Although I've always been an early riser, it has gotten worse with age. I think it's a sleep disorder, Advanced Sleep Phase disorder:


All my brothers have this; we inherited it from our mother. Thankfully, none of my kids carried it on.

I awake by 3AM, go to a part time job from 6 to 11, and take a nap from about 2-3 PM. I'm back in the sack by 6PM and the cycle repeats. The good news is that I do get plenty of sleep.

I can force myself to stay up until about 9 but I pay a sleep deprivation price because my body still wakes up at 3. I've tried to change it but my circadian clock refuses to budge.

So I just adapt. The good news is that the early hours are great for reading, learning, and listening to music through headphones. I can get a whole lot done because nobody else is up to distract me.

Have you also noticed a change in your sleep cycles as you age?
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:14 AM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I'm both as long as I get my afternoon nap
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:54 AM
Location: Nebraska
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Always been a morning person. Not that I click my heals or I'm overly happy, but I'm most productive/energetic in the mornings. Get up at 5:00 for work, but on weekends, without alarm always awake by 7. Even in my heavy drinking college/younger days, I'd still get up at 8ish and be really mad about how my friends could sleep all morning. My flame always burns out by 9, in bed by 9:30, been doing that since I was in my 30's.

There is some psychology/biology to this. Genetics dictates much of your internal clock, some people are just morning or evening people. Also, a lot of it is habit.
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Old 12-22-2017, 04:12 PM
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A complete and total non-morning person. Do not like mornings at all. Reminds me too much of having had to get up very early for work for decades.

I like afternoons, evenings, and very late nights.

So many morning persons - and very early morning persons - puzzle me. haha

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