11 Things Night Owls Don't Want To Hear Anymore
It’s an early bird world out there, but we don’t really care about worms.
Night owls are majestic creatures, but living in a daytime world can be hard.
Here are some of the phrases we hear the most — and some reasons why you thrive best after hours.
“Why don’t you just wake up earlier to adjust?”
Because that’s our preferred sleep pattern, or chronotype. That’s like asking you to stay up past your bedtime! If a night owl wakes up early regularly, you feel perpetually jet lagged and don’t operate at your best.
“But you lose so much of the day!”
Actually, we’re awake the same number of hours, just at a different time slot. Think of it as a different shift. One study even shows intelligent folks tend to stay up.
“Don’t you feel like your day is wasted?”
Not at all. A night owl’s peak energy hours are at night, so the times early birds are gearing up for bed, night owls are at their most productive!
Neither time slot is superior, either: It’s a matter of your circadian rhythm, which can get complicated when signals from societal and daylight cues cross, as this article in the New Yorker explains.
“You sent that email at 3 a.m.”
Sigh, we know. Time stamps are our downfall because they immediately out our not-so-secret habit of staying up.
“You texted so late. Is everything OK?”
Yeah, everything is fine! We promise late-night activity doesn’t automatically mean something is wrong — it’s just when we’re at our happiest.
“Want to do brunch at 11?”
To us, anything before 2 p.m. is not brunch — it’s breakfast (and we usually don’t go out for that because it ends before we are awake).
“How about noon?”
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We truly love you so much, but if we don’t sleep in, we will be unhappy zombies the rest of the day. We promise it’s nothing personal.
“OK, fine, 1 p.m.”
That’s better, but only if you want us to re-enact Weekend at Bernie’s all day.
“The bar closes at midnight.”
“It’ll shift the older you get.”
So far it’s been decades of slogging through school and work and nothing has changed, so we don’t see that happening anytime soon. Even if it does naturally, it’ll be gradual.
Also, did you know there’s a town in Germany that is shifting its schedules around people’s chronotypes? Fancy that.
“Why were you up so late?”
Living our best lives, probably! Everyone has a different reason for being a creature of the night, but the serenity of everyone being asleep can be comforting when you’re noise-averse.
It’s prime time to quietly read, get crafty without disruption, or just unwind and let sleep crawl in whenever it feels like it. We just love it!