Are you a night owl or an early bird
Based on different chronotypes –” early birds” or “night owls”, people have distinct sleep-wake cycles.
Early birds like getting up early in the morning and they feel energetic as the day begins while experiencing a crash in the evening. As the saying goes, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”, early birds tend to do more physical activities, and they’ll find it easier to fit into traditional office environments.
On the other hand, night owls refer to those who tend to stay up late and sleep in. Generally, they are most productive during the evening, and writers, artists and other creative people mostly belong to this category.
However, the flip side is that night owl will probably find it hard to fit into 9-5 workdays in schools and traditional companies. Besides, researchers found that night owl are more likely to develop health problems like depression, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. If they are doing certain jobs, the contradiction between their sleep-wake cycle and the standard working hours will lead to chronic sleep deprivation.
How to shift to early bird
If you want to shift from night owl to early bird, it takes time, and we have some tips for you that will make it easier.
First, don’t try to wake at 5:oo am tomorrow if you are used to waking up at 10. Your body will just react negatively. Instead, bring your waking time forward a little every day until you’ve adjusted yourself to the new routine.
To enable yourself to fall asleep early at night, you’d better avoid daytime naps. If you really need to, limit it to half an hour. Other factors that could interfere with your sleep cycle include caffeine, heavy dinner, and exercise in the late evening. Also reduce your time spent on your phone, TV and other digital devices as the blue light may further delay the time you fall asleep.
The most important thing is enough sleep
Either an early bird or a night owl has its advantages and disadvantages. If your sleep patterns don’t bring side effects to your life, that’s totally fine. Still, the most important thing for you is to get enough sleep (7-9 hours a day for adults) and stick to a healthy lifestyle to stay healthy.