Life As A Night Owl Has Its Own Unique Challenges

Life As A Night Owl Has Its Own Unique Challenges ©iStock/Shironosov

Sleep is an important part of life; no one can deny that. When it comes to sleep patterns, most people fall into one of two camps: the early birds or the night owls. Night owls are an interesting type because our very personalities naturally defy the strict schedule that most of the world adheres to. We can’t help how we are, and there are some things we all tend to have in common.

  1. We can’t deal with people who are in bed by 9:30 p.m. At 9:30, we’re still dreaming up fun things to do. Even if we did try to go to bed, we wouldn’t be able to sleep. Therefore, we’re going to stay up late and do whatever we please. Sorry you’re going to miss the party, party pooper.
  2. We’re not very sociable early in the morning. One of the unpleasant side effects of being a night owl is that we hate mornings. We’re terribly grumpy in the morning and we know it. For your own sake, just don’t talk to us until we’ve had time to get caffeinated in solitude.
  3. The later it gets, the more our brains race. While the early birds get tired with the passing hours, we just have more and more random thoughts. While we’re trying to convince our brains to slow down so we can get a little sleep for work, they just laugh at us and keep racing, which makes it impossible to sleep.
  4. It’s a special kind of hell when someone passes out early on top of us. Even if that someone is really special and we love the cuddling, it ceases to be enjoyable when they’re unconscious and we’re literally trapped. We don’t want to wake them, but we really want to escape to make a snack and watch some TV until we’re actually ready to sleep.
  5. The weekend for us means catching up on sleep. When we have to get up early all week, we end the week on a serious sleep deficit, which makes it impossible to get up early on the weekend too. Please don’t call/text us before noon on the weekend unless you’ve already heard from us and you know we’re up.
  6. We require extra caffeine to get through the day. Yes, we’re really going to have another Monster or cup of coffee because it beats the hell out of falling asleep on the conference table.
  7. We have our most awesome revelations in the late night/early morning hours. We’re truly at our prime when it’s late at night, so that’s when we have our best ideas. We would consider it counterproductive to not be awake at those hours because that’s when our brains are the most alive.
  8. We’ve always been this way and we don’t want to change. We were the kids who were tucked into bed at 8:30 and stayed up past midnight reading with a flashlight because sleep was just out of the question. We’ve been night owls our entire lives and we’re okay with it because we’d lose out on our best “me time” if we weren’t up late at night. If you value us for who we are, don’t try to convince us to go to bed early; we need those late night/early morning hours to reflect on our lives.
Anna Martin Yonk is a freelance writer and blogger in sunny North Carolina. She loves hanging out with her goofy husband and two rescue dogs and can be found at the beach with a drink in hand whenever possible. You can find her on Instagram @mrsyonkdogmom or on her Facebook page.