Night owl or early riser?
When I first started working, I was a night
owl, and found it hard to get up and be at work at 8:00 AM and being productive
by 8:30 AM. So, over a period of time I shifted to become more of an early
riser than a night owl.
I did find out that being an early riser,
or a night owl comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are
some benefits of being an early riser compared to being a night owl:
Early risers often experience higher levels
of productivity in the morning when their minds are fresh and focused. They can
tackle important tasks and make progress on their goals before distractions
Early risers tend to align more easily with
typical work and school schedules. This can lead to improved performance,
better attendance, and fewer difficulties in meeting obligations.
Studies have shown that early risers are
more likely to experience positive emotions, have lower levels of stress and
depression, and exhibit greater overall well-being. The consistent routine and
peacefulness of the early morning hours can contribute to better mental health.
Healthier lifestyle choices: Early risers
often have more time in the morning to engage in physical exercise, prepare a
nutritious breakfast, and establish healthy habits. This can result in better
physical fitness, improved dietary choices, and a reduced risk of chronic
Waking up early provides individuals with
additional hours in the day, allowing for better Time Management and the
ability to accomplish more tasks. Early risers tend to have a greater sense of
control over their schedules and can allocate time for personal growth and
The quiet early morning hours offer a
peaceful and uninterrupted environment for personal reflection, meditation, or
engaging in creative pursuits. This solitude can foster self-awareness, clarity
of thought, and a sense of calm.
Early risers often establish consistent
sleep patterns by going to bed early, which promotes better sleep hygiene.
Quality sleep is essential for overall health, cognitive function, and
It’s important to note that these benefits vary
from person to person, as everyone has their own unique circadian rhythms and
preferences. I thought I thrived as a night owl. I still experience increased
creativity and productivity during late-night hours. I can and do work
productively in the morning, so I think the key is to find a routine that
aligns with your natural tendencies while ensuring you get sufficient sleep and
maintain a healthy lifestyle.