When there is sun, I rise with the dawn. Winking at it as tendrils of light as they weave their way into my room. Mornings are a time of silent reflection. No, that’s not right. Mornings are peaceful. They are quiet and time seems slower.
I can coax my brain into focusing which is why even with my love of mornings, it is hard to get myself up. If the snooze button wasn’t on my phone, it would broken by now. When my feet finally hit the floor, there is usually only one other person awake. We say morning because who knows if it is going to be good or not. I get my coffee, maybe a spot of breakfast and listen to the radio.
NPR is my drug of choice. During the summer, I listen all morning and well into the afternoon. The only break walking Luke.
Luke knows my routine well. As I write, he has parked himself on my freshly made bed. He will wait napping on and off until I get my shoes. He is a most patient pup.
Often I see things comparing morning people to night owls. My mornings help prepare me for the day. I wasn’t always this way. More than a decade in education has transformed my relationship with the dawn.
According to a 1998 study, cognitively I am doing just about the same as my night owl friends. Although, they may indeed be wealthier. Another study in 2012, pointed to them being more prolific lovers, but also having a tendency to have more bad habits like smoking and drinking. You can read more about larks (morning people) vs owls here.
There are a lot of articles talking about the benefits and success of larks. Contrary to the mythology of morning people, I don’t jump out of bed with a spring in my step. I am not always chipper and coffee is my fuel of choice. I am not healthily, wealthier or wiser for my morning habits as Ben Franklin predicted. It just works for me.
Good friends function quite well as night owls. The early morning or late night depending on your point of view are perfect for them to work uninterrupted.
What works for you? Do you thinks larks are better than owls or vice-versa?