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M is for Morningness or the lack thereof – #AtoZChallenge

People talk a lot about being a “morning person” or a “night owl”, but I’m neither.  I’ve never been a morning person – As a matter of fact, I was born at 6:12 pm, so getting up at 5:00 am is absolutely not natural to me.  I go to bed around 10 pm (sometimes 9) because my body physically needs at least 7 hours of sleep otherwise I can’t function.

My dog, Bonnie, doesn’t like mornings either!

I would say my optimal time during the day would be between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm, which is why I love to meet and socialize with friends for Happy Hour (4 to 7) versus later evening activities.   As far as jobs go though, most places I’ve worked require you to get up early and be at your desk ready for the day by at least 8 am or before, which means you’re up way earlier than that – Right now, I have to be to work at 7 am, so I’m up at 5 am.  I’m not going to lie, it’s brutal for me!

As hard as it is, I’ve decided to focus on the positives:

  1. I’m more focused and organized about my day
  2. I get to see the sunrise on the way to work (beautiful in Arizona!)
  3. Traffic is not as bad in the earlier morning hours
  4. Mornings are quiet and a perfect time to meditate

Here I am ready for work and being positive about the early morning

So, tell me, are you a morning person or a night owl?

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10 Comments

  1. I am the night owl. Most of my #AtoZChallenge blogs have been written in the 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. time frame and then I am happy to sleep in until 9 or 10 a.m. My husband is on the early bird schedule.

    • Heidi

      My husband and I are both the same, so he is no help when it comes to getting me up early!

  2. I’m kind of in-between, like you. And I’ve started work at 7:30 for many years now–still not my favorite time of day to be up and about. I like quiet mornings at home. Since I’m a teacher, at least I get them in the summer.

    • Heidi

      I’m sure you cherish your summers with those easy, slow and quiet mornings!

  3. Cassia

    Love this, friend! I am NOT an early morning person either. I’d say I’m more of a night owl, although I’d much rather stay at home versus being out at night🤣…
    I don’t function well before 9 am!!!! So, I understand!!

    • Heidi

      I like the early evening outings….. The sign of age, I guess – in early, out early!

  4. Arizona sunrises have to be spectacular! Even if you are still wishing you were in bed. I used to be a night owl but at some point that changed. Now I am somewhere in between. When I am up past 11 pm, I still get up at around 6 so I try to get to bed before 11 or I am exhausted by nightfall.

    Emily | My Life In Ecuador

  5. I’m more of a morning person. I do love watching the sun rise. I think it’s from growing up on a farm where everyone started the day early to get everything done. Of course I’m worn out and go to bed early unless I have guests, then I can stay up past midnight. ,

  6. I spent most of my working life getting up between 5:30-6am and staying up till midnight-1am. Then I’d sleep 10 hours on the weekends. LOL!

    Now, if I don’t nap, I get tired around 10pm but since we are usually watching our TV shows, I stay up. Then I get my second wind and stay up till anywhere from midnight to 2am.

    So not a morning person…I love sleeping in till I wake!

    M: Montana & Mexico
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

    • Heidi

      Donna, I don’t even know how I did it when my kids were little – getting up at the crack of dawn to get them to the sitter and then head to work for a full day, home to make dinner, etc. It’s amazing what we do when we have to, right?

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