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Early to bed, early to rise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I have always been a night owl. Even if I am incredibly tired, as the night wears on, I wake up. If I have had a good night's sleep and wake early, I am lost and confused. "It is 4:00 a.m. What do I do at 4:00 a.m.?"

Lately, though, I have been going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Last night, I was exhausted and went to bed at 8:30 p.m.! (I have been known to lie down for a nap at 7:00 p.m.) I awoke early this morning and am feeling good. I have already started on the day's activities, and without a sense of morning confusion!

Recently, I began to reduce my sugar intake and yesterday began increasing my water intake. My coffee intake has greatly reduced as a result of these changes, and now this. Of course, I am sure they are all related.

Does being an early riser make me a better person? No, of course not. Does it make me more productive, or a better worker? Again, no. But our society does seem to regard those who get up at the crack of dawn more highly than those who burn the midnight oil, so this could be a good thing for me perceptually. What is even more important to me though is that mornings always come so dang early. If I can keep on this habit and get to bed at a decent hour regularly and get a good night's sleep most of the time, I will feel so much better than waking up to an alarm thinking, "Didn't I just go to bed a few minutes ago? How can morning be here already?"
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    Weird how we're all different. I always wake up early (like 3am early) and it makes me anxious to stay in bed too late. My only hope for survival is to go to bed early. It's a quirk of nature, not a reflection on character.
    1530 days ago
    Like you, I'm a night owl (although I have a hard time imagining changing it around to being an early bird!). I'm glad you're finding a strategy that works for in getting a good night's sleep, waking up refreshed, and being ready to take on the day!
    1530 days ago
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