For some of us, having a an early bedtime is difficult. Night owls thrive in the wee hours of the night, staying up to ridiculous hours and falling asleep at a different time every night. There are rewards to this habit, as well as repercussions. As a night owl myself, I’d like to point out the pros and cons of this lifestyle.
This is one of the greatest things about being a night owl. I tend to have bursts of energy during the night, of which I use to clean, organize, write, or start a new project. There are little to no distractions at late hours, making it easy to get going and keep going. You’ll be so worn out when you’re done, that you might actually go to bed afterwards!
When getting things done in the night isn’t your style, fear not! Staying up late is great for sitting around and doing nothing. This is the one time that your boss, kids, or parents won’t nag at you. So bring on the late night talk shows, and the late late night talk shows!
Late Night – with Mother Nature
If you’re a nature lover, the nighttime air is for you. Crickets and owls make soothing music that may put you in a deep trance. If you’re outside at these hours, the fresh dew is like a natural oil message for your feet. And if you stay up really late (or early?), you’ll get to hear the first early bird get its worm – literally.
You are guaranteed to have a pleasant drive late at night. Traffic is few, making for a therapeutic cruise. Still, don’t make excuses to drive if you aren’t mentally able. There won’t be traffic, but it’s not like you’ll be the only driver out in the world. So please remember to be responsible, and find a designated driver if need be.
When to Sleep?
At some time or another, you’ll need to make room for rest. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a red-eye job, this lifestyle can be very detrimental to your health. Sure, everyone has phases of sleeplessness, but some of us really function better at night and not so well in the morning. Try to find a career that is flexible with times, requires you to work in the middle of the night, or doesn’t require you to start your day until the afternoon.
Nothing is Open
In my ideal world, everything is open 24 hours a day, and I can run errands at three in the morning. Yet of course, most people prefer not to work during bedtime. There are some saving graces though, including Steak ‘n Shake restaurants and Wal-Mart retail stores to name a few. You can also hit the bar if you’re over 21, or look out for late night diners in your area. There’s nothing like hot coffee in the middle of the night!
Let’s be honest, it gets lonely in the dark. If you aren’t careful, this can lead to depression or insomnia. My favorite solution to this is my cat. He doesn’t mind snuggling up next to me while I browse the internet; in fact, he enjoys it. Cats are a great pet for night owls, and they’re better company than none. I highly recommend getting a cat or any pet if you’re a late sleeper.
Probably the worst thing about being a night owl is playing the quiet game. Some are lucky enough to live alone, but if you have a family or roommates, remember your headphones when listening to music or to turn down the TV volume. Still, if this is your favorite time of day, don’t let your fellow residents ruin your fun!