Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Morning bird/Night owl

I’m at a crossroads in my life people. I’ve been a certain someone most of of my 36 years, and I desperately want to become another. It’s time. It needs to happen. Change is good. (I keep telling myself that.)

You see, I’m a night owl.

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That’s me…usually wide awake at midnight. (But I don’t need coffee -- I don’t even drink it.)

I’m making a conscious effort to try to become the opposite:

 

morning bird image

Again, without the coffee. I mean, is this a necessity? Please tell me non-coffee drinkers can be the bird.

Just look how happy he is. All alert and peppy and early. The owl just looks freaked out. I want to be the bird.

But…deep in my heart, in my soul, in my being, I just want to do this every morning:

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It’s a struggle, to say the least.

I’ve always leaned toward being a later kind of person, but in my adult years it’s gotten worse and worse. When I worked full time and had to be in at 8 a.m., it was absolute torture.

I seemed to always push that 8 a.m. to 8:30, and then I’d stay till 5:30. That was just more comfortable for me.

Blogging doesn’t help. Or at least I use it as an excuse. As a blogger, my days have started and ended later every year. It’s gotten progressively worse. Initially it was because I’ve always blogged and done computer business while my son is asleep. (Which is just a personal decision for us.)

But now, I must come up with a better solution. I’m determined to make a change and I need help and reassurance that it can happen!

Help. me.

Because my kiddo goes to pre-K so few hours a week, it’s hard for me to blog while he’s gone. That’s a time for me to get stuff done, you know what I mean? And it’s just not in me to be functional (in that way) in the morning when he’s gone.

I’m also a procrastinator to a T – always have been. I was a huddle in the library and cram for an exam kind of person, and that always served me well.

Once I wrote a paper well ahead of time, to see if I could do it. It was the worst grade I got on a paper in my four year college career.

My mind just functions better when I have pressure, (that’s why I don’t schedule posts for the week – I have to come up with content by the day and write it as it comes) and it’s the same thing with working earlier in the day. I get in a zone when I write at night, there’s just something about it.

I can’t get in that zone during the day.

It’s weird.

But I’m determined to change my life where this is concerned. Why? Many reasons. One, I just feel out of touch with the world. It’s a yucky feeling waking up later than 90 percent of the world, (at least it feels like that) and knowing so much productivity has been happening while I slept.

I want to fall asleep when my husband does – I’m tired of being the only person awake in our home for hours on end at night. (Sometimes it’s nice, but lately it feels more and more lonely!)

My kiddo goes to school next year, and like it or not, I need to figure this out. I want to be awake and present for him and have plenty of time in the mornings for him to get prepared for the days too. Right now he would much rather go to bed later and sleep in (and that he does – it rocks). He’s turning into me. :)

The world is not a night owl world. Plan and simple. I mean, no one is on Facebook at 2 a.m. ;) And have you seen the television at that time? Thank goodness for the DVR. (And I ask you, where was the DVR for the 3 a.m. feedings five years ago??)

And finally, I’m working out (pretty intensely) again, and I find I feel SO much better when I start out my day with exercise. I feel more productive, more alert…just better. No, not just better, TONS better. It feels GREAT.

But my body fights me. It hates me. ;) I can easily stay up till 2 a.m. – if I had my own clock, that would be my bedtime. If I’m engrossed in a good book, I can stay up till 3 or 3:30 no problem.

I feel more comfortable working out late at night – it is totally not unusual for me to work out at 11 p.m. I know, I see some of your mouths gaping open. Close that, you’ll catch flies. ;)

Thing is, I’m OK once I’m UP. It’s just the getting there that’s the problem. I’ll hit snooze five or six times some mornings. And it doesn’t seem to matter how much sleep I get – my body just struggles no matter what time I went to bed.

I’ve actually done some research in my quest to become a morning lark. It’s quite fascinating too. Turns out whether you are a morning or evening kind of person is largely genetic (which I figured, since my mom is the exact same way). It also is kind of ingrained in you – your body clock (circadian rhythm) is just set a certain way and your body fights to follow it.

What I found most interesting is the consistent traits for each type of person. Studies have shown that night owls have higher intelligence/I.Q. (I don’t believe that personally), and tend to be more creative (that I totally believe.)

If you’re an early birdy and are offended by that, don’t be, because owls also score lower on tests than morning folks (isn’t that odd, considering the intelligence thing?) and are more likely to suffer from depression and/or addictions.

And you lucky morning folks seem to test much better and get better grades than people like me. And you catch the worm. I mean…who doesn’t want to catch the stinkin’ worm?!

early bird gets the wormI do. I really, really do.

Overall, I just know it needs to change. I want to eat breakfast in the morning (night owls rarely do), I want to not feel rushed and frantic in the mornings (night owls usually do). 

The best part of all this research is that I have hope – it most definitely can happen.

So, I’m trying. Lately, I’ve been forcing myself to go bed earlier. I now recognize that watching  just one more TV show or reading one more blog at 1 a.m. isn’t going to change my life for the better. Eight hours of sleep will. I realize that working out first thing in the morning makes me feel so. much. better. than when I exercise at night.

I want to help my kiddos lean toward a morning bird life too. My stepdaughter is at college and is already on the dark side with me…and when she gets a full time job, it’s gonna hurt. And I don’t want the Bub sleeping away his summer mornings when his friends are already out playing at 9 a.m.

It’s time for a change. And I’m working on it. :)

So, tell me. Are you are a lark or an owl? Do you like what you are, or do you struggle like me? Have any of you owls-at-heart changed to a morning person? Do you get up without an alarm clock? I’d love to hear your tips and anything that’s worked for you!

Thanks in advance! I’m off to get ready for bed. We’ll see how this goes. Cheer me on!!! ;)

257 comments:

  1. This is me. I do work full time (and have a 7 year old in school) so I am still getting up at 6am and it is a struggle every. single. day. I am always running late and leaving the house with hair not done and makeup not on because I just didn't give myself time. And every day at work, while I feel not put together, I say "Tonight, I will go to bed and get up on time like a real grown up." And then I don't. If you figure this out please let me know! lol

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  2. Angela, so funny that you mention the grown up thing...I have been feeling that exact same way. Like I'm not acting like an adult by going to bed at a decent time. So glad I'm not the only one. :)

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  3. I hear ya Sarah, I'm not totally a night owl but my body does have trouble shutting down at night and waking up with the sun, so not my thing. I don't even wake up with an alarm clock, I just get up when my body tells me, "alright already, you have to get moving". I like starting my days at around 10 am and I like to end them around 11:30 pm. I'm trying to do better though because it would be so much better to wake up around 6 am before the kid awakes, but unfortunately that isn't going to happen. Good luck and I hope you get to catchin more works;)

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  4. Hi Sarah,

    I used to be a night person but am slowly becoming more used to getting up and doing things in the morning before work.

    I crave productivity and I figure doing even small things in the morning makes me feel accomplished for the day.

    Try it gradually, even if it's 15 minutes eariler. Get up, think about all the fun you could have, all the spray painting that awaits and you'll pop right out of bed!

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  5. I am a night Owl as well! It too is ingrained in me from my mom who is one too! I just function better at night. Once 8 pm hits I get my second wind. I use to be able to stay up till 3 am but now that my boys go to school and I HAVE to be up at 6:15 every morning 1:30 kicks my butt. Will I ever change. Probably not. My kids are trending towards being owls as well.

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  6. This is so me! I don't stay up as late as you, but I could! Working a full time job was torture. Part of the problem is I think I need 10 hours of sleep! Maybe I'll try too!

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  7. I was like you until last year when I started my blog and business. Then suddenly I was up at 6-6:30. I even went to my Dr. because it was such a change. You can savor the morning before everyone wakes and get a lot accomplished. Good Luck!

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  8. Ugh! I hear ya. I have to put my alarm clock in the bathroom next to my workout clothes all laid out. That's the only thing that works for me. If the alarm is by the bed, I turn it off or snooze in my sleep without ever realizing it had gone off! Once I'm standing it's much easier to keep standing :). Good luck!

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  9. I can completely relate to you! I've always been a night owl, too. Unfortunately, I work in construction where people are onsite getting things done by 7:30am. I'm usually getting out of the shower at that time. Oops. But lately I've been attempting to make the same adjustments you are and have had mixed results. The days I get to work at 7:30am just seem to drag on and on. But I also get more done. Getting to bed earlier remains a big challenge.

    You should download the Sleep Cycle app on your iPhone. It's a much nicer alarm clock and it monitors your sleep (seriously!) so you can see why some days are better than others in terms of mood and energy based on the quality and length of sleep you got the night before. Try it out and let me know what you think!

    From one early-bird-wannabe to another, good luck!

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  10. Hmmmm. Someone older and much wiser than me said "I'll sleep when I'm dead". I took it to heart. I stay up as late as I want and get up early too. But my baby is 12 and I can take a nap during the day if I need it. So my only suggestion is do what feeds your soul..... and if that means going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, well a happy momma is priceless!

    ~Bliss~

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  11. omg, me TOO! I think my issue is a caffeine-at-night thing, but I'm learning to cut that out! That's funny about the morning work thing - my supervisor tells me all the time that the workday starts at 9, but I'm like, 9:30 to 5:30 is such a better schedule!

    Good luck to you!

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  12. To be honest, I'm neither a night owl nor a morning person. I've always WISHED I were a morning person, but the truth is that I just like to sleep. I'll take it sleep whenever I can get it! :)

    My advice is just to keep on working out in the morning. I know you don't drink coffee, but do you have caffeine in other forms (e.g. soft drinks, tea, etc.) If so, don't allow yourself to have any after noon or early afternoon. And perhaps you could try a natural sleep aid to take for awhile (not a drug, but a supplement). And then don't worry about it. Next year when the Bub is in school, you'll have to get up earlier. If you haven't changed into more of a morning person before then, you'll make yourself get up early then, because you'll get him to school on time. You're such a great mom--you may feed your baby bird crickets instead of worms, but you do a good job of feeding him! :)

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  13. I have no good advice as I am a night owl but employed (at a school no less) and need to be a early bird! I had today off so my normal 1 am bedtime (6 am wakeup) didn't happen so I went to bed at 4 am.....my dr told me that I should take Tylenol PM and get back in the habit and a coworker said she takes hers at 6 pm as then she winds down earlier....Honestly I do my best work at night, but need sleep to function so will be watching this post....if all else fails we can create a support group for wannabe early birds! LOL

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  14. I'm a reforming (not yet fully reformed) night owl.

    My best tips would be:
    - reset your biological clock gradually over several weeks
    - get up at the same time seven days a week (no sleeping in on weekends - that's very bad for reforming night owls)
    - exercise during the day, preferably first thing in the morning (no exercising in the evenings - that's bad for reforming night owls)
    - always eat a good breakfast (including protein) to kickstart your day
    - no eating or snacking after seven p.m.
    - get everything ready the night before (makes for a less stressful morning routine for reforming night owls)

    Love your blog!
    Signed,
    A still-reforming night owl ;-)

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  15. Oh good luck!! Hubs and I are in bed at 10... Watch a bit of news and lights out. It helps me to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time. Plus it helps my hubs is out the door at 5:45am ( yeah and I'm still snoozing;) . I am up at 7 with my kiddos and they are off to school. I need one cup of coffee.... That's all I need but that one cup gets me going and I am motivated!! I wish you luck friend:) I too was a night owl.... But I have turned the leaf. Also-- I think when your bub goes to school full time you will fall into a earlier schedule. Xoxo

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  16. Yeah, so, when I read this post, Sarah, I was doing a mental checklist. Don't get tired until the wee hours of the morning? CHECK. Don't eat breakfast? CHECK. High IQ? CHECK (haha) :) Has experienced depression? CHECK. Creative? Not really, but I am in awe of others' creativity. Poor test-taker? CHECK. I work in academia, so for years I have attempted to be successful at waking up early and joining the rest of the world. While I've found I can physically get up, mentally, my brain just doesn't really kick in until 10am or 11. My mind is at it's highest productivity between the hours of 4pm and 11pm. It's just what it is. I wish you luck as you try to rest your clock for the betterment of your family and energy level! It's a great goal!

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  17. Well I'm reading this at 2.50am, so I can't really help you....

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  18. I must admit that I am too the same way...struggling to get up early, always running around feeling like I am behind the 8 ball. I also am a procrastinator, but that always works to my advantage because I get way more accomplished when I put the pressure on myself. I tend to do less when I feel I have a lot of time to do it in. Weird I know. I also don't have a problem staying up late and catching up on reading and time to myself when everyone else is asleep. I too feel as though I need to make a change because when I do get up earlier than everyone else (I have three kids, 8, 6 and 4), my day does go a lot smoother, and I am not frantically running around like a chicken with my head cut off! So I TOTALLY can understand how you're feeling. I wish you all the best in your efforts for change, and you've definitely encouraged me to make that effort too!
    Gina

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  19. Sarah, we are two birds of a feather! I blog late at night and could easily stay up until 2 a.m. ... but I work full-time outside the home and have to get four kids out the door and be at work by 7:30. And not to dissuade you from trying to go to bed earlier and get up earlier, but you DID use the Early Bird analogy ... have you heard? The worm got up early, too, and look what happened to him. ;)

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  20. I am also a night owl. I suffer for it in the morning though. Luckily, we homeschool or I don't know how in the heck I'd get my daughter to school in the morning!

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  21. I am a total night owl. But the kind that loves coffee!! If I drink caffeine after about 2 pm, I can stay up until 3-4 am. Without it, I'm still up until 1-2 am.

    For over 6 years, I started work at 5:30 am, and here's how I did it. I made the choice. No trying, just doing. When I read you're post I see such a struggle. It really doens't have to be, I can tell you've made up your mind. Now let it go and get up when the alarm goes off. Choose it.
    p.s. I believe us night owls are smarter and more creative ;)

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  22. The sleep cycle app for the IPhone (if you have one) is a major help. It monitors your sleep, so it wakes you up when you're in a light cycle. You wake up feeling awake rather than groggy. Seriously, helped me transition faster than anything else I tried. Of course, I then had a baby so I'll have to transition again.

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  23. I know just what you are talking about! In college I was happiest when I didn't have a class till noon. And oh how I loved those once a week 6pm-9pm classes! Perfect.
    But then I had to "grow up." I got a job, had kids, and learned that I needed to exercise in the mornings in order to get it in. I started waking up at 5 am, and remembering that some nights in my wilder days, I would be coming home not long before that hour! As soon as I got up, I put on my tennies and took the dog out for a 30 min walk around the neighborhood. There was nothing like it. Quiet. I got to watch the sun rise. I eased into my day rather than being slapped in the face with it. My children were asleep while I had the "me" time I craved. And finally I was always on time for work. I even got so bold as to take a job that began at 7 am. And I often got there early. Now, my life has evolved and after having more children, I am a SAHM and have slipped a little bit back into the dark side, especially during school breaks and summer. But I know that I can turn back if I need to, and it will agree with me.

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  24. You sound like I used to feel. I was lethargic and energetic all at the same time. I had some routine bloodwork done and they determined that I had a vitamin D deficiency. I'd get that checked out...it can really throw off your sleep cycle...

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  25. Night owl here. Getting up before seven sucks. It's a HUGE struggle. When I started working from home, it was such a relief for me, as my mornings weren't as frenzied. Right now, I still get up early to make my 17 year old her lunch for school and get my day going this way, but when she goes away to school next year...oh boy, I may end up in full night owl mode, lol!

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  26. I know! Hire your sister and she'll be there bright-eyed and bushy tailed to work out with you every morning! K? Cool.

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  27. I go back and forth between the two! If I have something exciting to do, or if I get to go out with the girls, I have no problem staying out late and feeling energized. Sometimes I go to bed late, but have to wake up early to get the kindergartner ready...that is not a great mix. Then I just feel awful.

    I really need to be better about exercising. We ditched the gym b/c we paid off all our debt and it had been going on the cc each month. So....I think I need to start a walking regimen, maybe in the morning?

    Great post, and good food for thought!!

    PS. I don't drink coffee, but I do drink mochas (you can do non-fat/sugar free, etc) and they do wake me up. ;)

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  28. I've always been a night owl, especially during college. I felt like I was reading about myself as I too always procrastinated and wrote papers at the last minute...even if it meant an all-nighter. When I first started working full time I pushed the limit to get there on time and was always late, but now that I'm married, I get up earlier with my husband and make myself leave for work when he does so I get to work early. Now, I fall asleep way earlier than I ever did...it's slowly getting easier to go to bed earlier, but getting up is always so hard! I require more sleep than my husband so he never understands. It's good to know I'm not alone! :)

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  29. My son graduates high school next year and I still havent figured out how to be a "Day" owl. Good luck with your quest.

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  30. I'm a night owl. I'm in nursing school and I for the life of me cannot go to bed early. The last few days I have been trying to go to sleep earlier, but I am still tired. I hope it works for you... then blog about what you did so I can try!!

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  31. Maybe it's the new year, the longing for light earlier in the morning and later at night, but I too have been going through this NEED to change my night owl ways and become a morning person. Never have been a morning person. My mother...don't think she actually sleeps. She's up super early and super late! I just can't function well before 11am! My youngest starts Kindergarten next year and I want to actually get stuff accomplished while all the kids are at school...besides my house is chaos since I rarely get started on anything house wise until evening! It's HARD not taking a nap after taking the kids to school, but I've done it for 2 weeks now. It sucks, but I've done it. I hate it, but I've done it. I don't want to do it anymore, but I'm going to!

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  32. I am married to an early bird and can attest that you can change! Now, I love the mornings and I am a NO caffeine girl. I get up at 5-5:30 to make sure I get more work out done before the kids wake up. It helps so much having a work out buddy that you know will meet you that early. I also don't eat after 7 and turn off all electronics around 9! Good luck!

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  33. I'm a early bird and have been for years so I can't really give you advice on how to become one, but I'm going to give you advice for your son. You might not make him into an early bird, but this will help as he gets older. Buy him an alarm clock and have it wake him up. My mom still is a night owl and she said there was no way she could have gotten me to school on time if I hadn't gotten myself up. I think it helped me be more of an early bird. Good luck with the switch and don't beat yourself up if it doesn't always work.

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  34. Luckily I can be either.... and most days I am both. I like my "me" time.... which with 4 kids, a husband, and a loud siamese cat- let's just say my "me" time doesn't come as frequently as it needs to happen. This has forced me to have my "me" time after everyone goes to sleep (from 10-2am). I have to get up to get my older kiddos to school and the two babies(20 month old twins) wake up around 7am- and I have to be on my 'A' game.

    About once a month I totally crash and sleep for-ev-a.
    I even gave up my BFF (Diet Coke) just before Thanksgiving, thinking it'd help my brain turn off at night. It didn't.

    Ohh well. At least I'm blessed to be able to function as both an owl and a lark. :)

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  35. I am a night owl have to be...Budget Friendly Decorating is my side job..I am a full time doctoral student so I am constantly bombarded with work..but even if I wasn't my body is set to go to bed late and get up late. I hate my alarm clock and am usually rushing to get where I am going after I have hit snooze one or ten too many times.

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  36. Sarah, I am both!!! Crazy, right? I had always been a "lark" were talking bed by 9-9:30 every night, but when I had my first son six years ago that started to change. My husband is 100% owl and has turned me to the "dark side" completely! lol! I can now stay up till 12:30-1am with him and be up with the kiddos at 7:00-7:30 the next morning. Not always easy, (nor healthy) but I can't say exactly how I'm managing other than I do seem on somedays, to not get it together. I'm trying to get back to bed by 11pm again because I know I would be way more productive. Wishing us both luck! :)

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  37. Oh man. I am totally a night owl. I have tried so many times to become a morning person, but I don't know. I feel like it's impossible sometimes.

    Now that my kids are older I am forced to be up before 7 to get them off to school. If I can get myself out the door to the gym after they leave, I have a much better chance of staying up and being productive. The problem with that is that it's winter right now, and I suffer pretty badly from SAD, and when you live as far north as I do, it's really bad. So, I have been walking them to the bus stop, coming home and sleeping until 10 or 11. ACK!

    And even if I don't go back to bed, I still stay up till 1 or 2. I don't know how to change. I'd love it if you blog about your journey changing....some tips. :)

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  38. Sarah, it's freaky but you have described me to a T every bit of it! Bad thing is I have a new part time job, I don't have to be at work until 2pm, not a good thing for a night owl! Thanks for shining a little light on hope!

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  39. I'm a night owl and my husband is the early bird. He gets up every morning at 5am and then lets me sleep in on the weekends and gets up with the kids. I've tried to be a morning person and have minimal success. It takes time to make it a habit and I just don't think I've given it enough time. My oldest (6) is in 1st grade now and I've trained myself to get all 4 of my kiddos (ages 6, 5, 3 and 9 months) up, dressed, lunch made and out the door with breakfast in hand in about 15 minutes. It's really not the best thing, but it's hard to change. Start now so you won't be doing what I do every morning with the Bub goes to school next year!

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  40. I'm sure you've heard it, but put your alarm clock {phone} on your dresser across the room, instead of on your night stand. Just having to get out of bed to turn it off {or snooze} will help wake you up. I have college classes every day at 7:30, so I have to be not only awake, but also alert enough to take in information/ get straight As. :) I understand, really. But you'll feel so much more productive!

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  41. I just have to say I am glad I am not the only one who is a night owl that want to reform. My goal this month to be up at 8 a.m. consistently ... Yep, 8 a.m. is early for me... Good thing my two year old sleeps in.

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  42. I'm a night owl at heart but after having my daughter eight months ago I had to make the switch to morning person. Because she sleeps from 8 pm to 7am like clockwork without waking up. (thank you lord!) So staying up late didn't work well with waking up with her at 7am. So I get up with her at 7... Drink some tea (decaf if you don't like it) maybe green tea... Don't take naps during the day when she does, and my body is tired by 9pm. That gives me an hour after she goes to sleep to do other stuff yet I'm still rested when she wakes in the morning. You'll just have to set your alarm and get into a routine and you'll eventually start tiring out at a reasonable hour like you want. You can do it!

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  43. Sara~I have been waking up to get my kids ready for school for 16 years! I am a night owl but my body has gotten used to waking up. I take a nap in the afternoon and I stay up until about 1AM folding laundry, cleaning, etc. I get eight hours but it's broken up a little. Just this morning my baby stayed home from school because Mom just wanted to cuddle and fall back asleep (SHHHHH! Don't tell her teacher!) I think working out in the morning is a very good idea. I know you can do it!! Good luck ~ Linda

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  44. Night owl, definitely. But my schedule is largely based on my husbands and his tends to change constantly (that's the military for ya) so we're either going to bed super early at 8 or 9pm and getting up at 4-6am- or the total opposite, going to bed at 8 or 9am and getting up at 4-6pm. It can get crazy sometimes, but I have a really hard time sleeping at night without him home so I end up falling asleep later and later until I'm on his schedule. :/

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  45. I am also a night owl. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said! Lucky for me, I've never had a boss who cared what time I get to work so I can make it work for me. But man do I fear the day I have kids and am forced to get up early and function on less sleep!

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  46. Totally a night owl, and it's a really hard battle. If I go to bed earlier, then I get no 'me' time alone. If I stay up, I feel like I've been hit by a truck when I get up, say 10-ish. Still get my 8 hrs sleep, just makes it hard when we have visitors, or go to other people's homes. I have not 'inherited' that trait from my parents, but my oldest daughter seems to be following my path. I, too, am trying to at least go to bed around midnight. I think I stayed up late in college to often, and now there is no turning back. Dreading the nursing home years b/c they are definitely NOT on my schedule!

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  47. I'm also totally a night owl! Most nights I stay up til 12:00-12:30. My mom is the same way, but she stays up much later (2:00-2:30am). She is 52 years old & has been doing it practically her whole life.

    I still work 2 days a week, which requires me to get up at 5:00am (I'm a surgical nurse), & I HAVE to put my alarm clock across the room in order to get up! Otherwise, I will hit the snooze at least 4 times! And as far as the coffee goes, I don't think its a necessity, but it sure does help me!!

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  48. I could have written this post! I have two babies, and the only time I get to myself is when everyone else is asleep. (Which isn't a problem - I've always been a night owl.) The biggest change I see when I go to sleep earlier is that my attitude is so much better all day long the next day...no matter what time I wake up.

    It's just so hard to sleep when you're not tired one bit! I love the peace and quiet at night. And I'm definitely more creative and more productive. Ah...someday I'll grow up, I suppose. :)

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  49. Wow! This is amazing...you sound just like me! Every little comment was like reading my own journal. As a child I suffered from insomnia. It was torture to go to sleep. I was single until I was 32 so the staying up night after night was not a big deal. I now have 4 kids; 9 year old twins, a 6 year old, and a 15 month old. My 15 month old still does not sleep through the night (he's always up at 11:30 and 3:00). My oldest son, who has cp, does not have a very good sleep cycle, sometimes his day starts out at 4 am and his twin sister will lay in the bed for hours before falling asleep. Our day starts at 5:30 a.m. every morning. My husband works 24 hour shifts and also has a part time job, so he may be gone for 36 hours at a time. When he's home I make myself go to bed, even though it takes me forever to fall asleep. When he's working, I stay up until 3 am, if not all night. It's horrible to go to bed. I'm also a procrastinator, does it have something to do with that? I know I need to sleep, I just can't make myself go to bed. There's no napping during the day, to much to do. And most of it is done during the little one's nap time. How do I get rid of this procrastination? I've often wondered if there was something mental going on...I mean, come on, I'm an adult! Just go to bed! Thank you for this blog...maybe I'm not crazy after all.

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  50. Night owl here too. The older I get(now 53) the later I want to stay up. The brain just does not shut off! I think my son(19) is an owl too and daughter(23) is in bed by 9pm! I would love to get to sleep earlier - it can be lonely wondering the abode at night!

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  51. Owl, baby! The UPS man often gets home late (after 7:30 or 8), so we are on a later eating and bed schedule with the kids. Since we homeschool, we can pull it off, but I know I don't sleep enough. Love the afternoon naps. No caffeine. Just tired since college. But bed at 10 and up at 6 does not make me a happy camper. Besides, is there really a "right way" or "normal"? Sorry I'm not much of an encourager in this department!

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  52. Yep, we're exactly the same. One would think after 5 yrs of these tiny humans in my house waking me up way too early, I'd become a morning person, but that I am not. I wish I was.

    My husband goes to bed at 9 every night and I'm up until 1. The nights I go to bed at 11:30 seem early. Ha!

    Since becoming a morning person is not looking good, I just want to be like my 6 month old. She wakes up in the morning happy as a clam, delighted and loving life.

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  53. I just have to add a comment to say how encouraging it is to hear that other people are the same way. When I try to schedule appts later in the morning or tell people that I can't really function before 10am, they never seem to understand. I get made fun of a lot (usually in sort of a nice way but still) and then I feel bad. I try to laugh it off and say that I was just born in the wrong time zone. I'm glad there's other night owls out there!

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  54. I am with you. Though because of jobs I have always had to kind of conform to more of a morning bird schedule. Last year I had to be to work at 7am, and I don't know how I did it! It is so much better getting to work at 8am, especially with 2 kiddos to get ready! Good luck on making this change!

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  55. OMG as if Im reading my life ..almost 90% is what is happening to me :)))
    But for my at 1 or 2 am all my friends are on facebook cause of the time difference rememebr im originally from lebanon so it is worst that they are all awake and one comment from here one like from there and im awake all night
    but the best thing is that my husband refuses to go to bed without me ( he just doesnt like to go to sleep if there is somebody awake not that he is so romantic lol) and he has to wake up early so everynight we have like 30 minutes of convesration : "when u wanna go to bed" "not now just 5 more minutes im blogging lol"
    and about the exams im like u i work better under pressure and i dont drink coffee either and i started to go to gym in the morning :))) we are really alike
    xoxo
    the night owl Rasha

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  56. I am such a night owl. I have been that way all my life....BUT I am also a pretty good morning person too! I usually go to bed around 1am and get up at 7 or 7:30am to get my kids off to school. I'm not a coffee drinker either but I do find that in the morning exercise really helps give me lots of energy for the rest of my day. I just function my best at night when it is quiet and everyone else is in bed. I get my best writing and creative ideas done when it is past everyone else's bed time.

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  57. You can do this! I am a night owl through and through but have HAD to be a morning lark off and on as well. Imagine getting up at 4:00 in order to be to work at 4:45 and then off to a full day of college classes. Yes that was my life! Then I went in the military, got married, had kids, etc.

    Now I can be a morning lark upon demand as long as I follow these steps.... But let me say I made it a priority to do these for 21 days straight which is how long it takes to form a new habit/break an old habit.
    1. No electronics of ANY sort 1 hour prior to "scheduled" bedtime. Yes this includes computers and TV.
    2. Turn the thermostat down. It is scientifically proven a person sleeps better in cooler temperatures.
    3. Dim the lights 30 minutes to an hour before bed time. It helps with the production of melatonin.
    4. Sip a warm beverage, decaf tea is nice. Celestial Seasonings sleepy time tea is a good choice.
    5. And no caffeine in any way, shape, or form after noon.
    6. Exercise in the morning, never the evening. (you know that one already.)
    7. Go to bed at the same time, every single night! Even on the weekends especially as you are working on resetting your body's clock.
    8. If necessary, take melatonin. It is available as a supplement at the store. It is what our body produces in order to help us sleep.

    And yes our boys are now in jr/sr high so it is hard for me to get to bed early. But we make all three of them go to bed by 10:00 so I try to be in bed soon there after. A good portion of their lunches as well as my husband's are assembled at night so there is less to do in the morning and things are less chaotic.

    Good night and sweet dreams!

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  58. You just described me completely...right down to the very last detail...and I have wished to change also...sometimes I do for short periods of time...but always end up falling back into the "dark side" as you called it. I usually get home from work...get kind of lazy for a couple of hours...then somewhere between 8-10pm...I get this burst of energy...and it is the most productive time of my day/night. Other times...I will sit on the couch, watching tv...laptop in hand...and almost fall asleep right here...and fight like heck going to bed. What's up with that...All I can say is...well I don't know what I can say...its crazy...right now it's 10:40...hubby just went upstairs to bed...I was going to mop some floors...after I read a couple more blogs...but now...I think I'll just try and go to bed! Thanks for posting this!
    Sharon

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  59. I am not very productive in the mornings, and most productive in the later afternoon and evening. I usually am in bed by 11, and every morning I'm up at 6:30 with my husband to pack him a lunch and hand him an easy breakfast (like breakfast burritos I froze). He's gone by 10 or 5 till 7 (his work is 3 blocks away). So often I'm tempted to go back to sleep, and I used to quite often. But I force myself not to anymore due to getting headaches. :) Just not worth it anymore!!! So my best suggestion, get up with your husband to at least kiss him as he heads out the door! :) Then make yourself stay awake.

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  60. I think that we are the same person. I've always been a night owl, and I've tried several times to reform. I worked in an academic setting, and it was the hardest thing to get up and going in the morning or be anywhere on time. Now my schedule is dictated by my one year old, but I don't want my sleep habits to rub off on him. I should really try exercising in the morning. I wish you the best of luck in becoming an early bird.

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  61. Totally a night owl. That's one of the reasons why I rock as a RN working nights. It feeds into my normal sleep/wake cycle. I do feel like a slug sleeping late most days when the rest of the world is working but they choose those hours! Not unusually for me to start laundry or other home projects at 10 pm.

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  62. Oh man, if the genetic thing of being a night owl is true then our future kids are doomed! Both my husband and I are night owls, he works from 12pm to 10:30pm and can stay up till 2 or 3am pretty easily. I just started a new job that requires me to be there at 8am and it's been tough! I don't know if I could exercise at 5:30am though so I'm taking it one step at a time. It helps me if I leave everything ready for the next day, and that includes taking a shower! Whatever I can do to squeeze out those extra 10 minutes of sleep! Good luck and please keep us updated. Love your blog!

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  63. OMGosh. I could have written this post. I can't wait to read your replies and see how I can change too.

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  64. I was, and still am to some degree, a night owl. During my college years, I cranked out many research papers at 3am. Now at 36 yrs old with 2 daughters I don't see 3 in the morning or even 2am but I still love to watch my dvr'd shows after the fam is in bed and find myself still watching tv at 12 or 1. But I think "old age" is kicking in because I'm finding it harder and harder to stay up late!!! Oh, and I can sleep in until 11 or noon with the best of them!! I know, I know, that sounds horrible!!

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  65. Oh my goodness, we are twins! I have been wanting change my night owl ways too! Sometimes my husband and I are in bed together only for a few hours at night. I go to bed SUPER late and he gets up at the crack of crack!

    I am anxious to read everyone's tips.

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  66. I am TOTALLY with ya'll in the night owl club. It sucks! I am jealous of all those productive early bird people. They seem to accomplish so much more and seem much happier too. Every night owl I have ever talked with seem to struggle a bit with depression issues. ... hmmm. Whats up with that? I can tell you the absolute worst thing to do in the late evening is get on the computer. (Studies have proven that too) It must be too stimulating for the brain. It seems much worse than even watching TV at night.
    Set yourself a rule.. no TV or Computer past a certain time. Most likely you won't have anything else to do.. except catch some Z'sssss. Good luck!

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  67. I didn't read the other comments....but there has to be at least a million that reply that there are TONS of people who work the night shift....me being one. I work at the hospital, and one of the reasons I picked night shift is I have ALWAYS AND ETERNALLY hated getting up in the morning and having to RUSH to get to work with all the other crazy drivers that started 20 minutes late and are trying to get there by 8. I work the night shift Mon. thru Thurs...then switch for the weekend and work 2 ten hour days...7 am to 5:50 pm. I see both worlds, and I'll tell you the night life is sooooooo much better. I raised 3 kids this way....and kept my hubby, too (39 years so far). One grown son works second shift, and my daughter works first. Maybe it's in the genes cuz my dad was a night owl, too.

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  68. Oh I could've written this post word for word. (except for the working out part. If you want to see me run, you better chase me with a gun.) I'm totally up at 1 am watching "just one more show". I mean, the housewives aren't going to watch themselves. My daughter started kindergarten this year and she has to be in her seat at 7:45 which means we have to get up at 6:30. (did you know there was one of those in the AM? I had no idea...) Anyway, still 5 months later and I'm not used to it. Not sure I ever will be. But, giving in and calling it a night by midnight is helping. That and sleeping til 11 on weekends. That doesn't hurt.

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  69. Peggy listed exactly what I did over a year ago and it works! I'm now in bed at 9pm almost every night. (not tonight obviously lol) It took health issues for me to change my ways but it has been totally worth it. Also if you get up and start exercising before your body knows what you're doing it helps a LOT. By the time your brain wakes up, you're half done with your exercise, feeling good and ready to face the day. It IS possible and you can do it!

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  70. I've been up since 3:45 this morning. It is 10:23 pm right now and I'm SLAP HAPPY. I mean I'm sitting here in my basement laughing my butt off at your pics of the crazy owl and the happy bird :) My hubby is a garbage man so 3:45 is wake up time. Over the years I've come to enjoy going to bed with him at 8:30 and starting my day at 3:45. Having all that time in the morning to myself is such a treat and going to bed together is even more of a treat. But I really wanted to work my butt of tonight and sleep late tomorrow, meanwhile I'm now on the computer listening to music and writing crazy things on facebook....someone put me to bed!!!

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  71. I can't wait to read about how you change this habit because it's me too!! Please let us know what works! :)

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  72. I'm a total night owl, I don't get along with mornings. But since I only work once a fortnight I have to keep as regular as possible bedtime or I have trouble at work. It is hard to go to bed at 10 - 10:30pm cause my body is still awake & I toss & turn in bed. But when I get up at 7 - 8am I am glad I went to bed when I did. Stick at it & you'll reap the rewards!

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  73. Oh my word....you so described me in every word of this post!! :) I cannot wait to meet you at Haven cause I think we are a lot alike! :)

    I am always up blogging, reading, working when your posts come up on facebook at 11 pm or later and I just smile to myself that at least someone writes their posts the same day and posts them late at night - you make me feel ok about myself. Then I get up in the morning (late cause I went to bed at 1 or 2 am) and like you said, I feel like I am hours behind the rest of the world. I can't get going in the morning, can't get out the door early to do errands so I can be home to watch kids in the afternoon. Ughhh... I know I need to change and some of me really wants to but I don't think I will ever LOVE mornings or be a morning person.

    Oh, and my second burst of energy hits about 8 am. What was I doing tonight at 9 pm?? Adding more floor boards to my attic, rearranging, and putting Christmas stuff finally back in the attic and out my guest room. Yep, 9 pm was when I started. Now it is 11 pm and I am wide awake and will take a few hours to wind down.

    Can't wait to read how you are doing this!!

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  74. I am totally a night owl! And all the traits that they supposedly have - I've got 'em....except I do have mad test taking skills. ;)
    I also have to get up at 5 each morning to fit exercise in - which leaves me with very little sleep. :) I find what works best for me is to have a nap around 10 am - if I have the time. otherwise, I have to force myself to go to bed at 10 instead of 1 when I want to. Good luck!

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  75. Open your blinds when your alarm goes off... the natural daylight helps signal to your body that its time to get up. Also, have something to look forward to in the mornings... hot chocolate and buttermilk toast or a personal devotional time in which you read part of a special book or two or something. I want to be a morning person too!

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  76. Open your blinds when your alarm goes off... the natural daylight helps signal to your body that its time to get up. Also, have something to look forward to in the mornings... hot chocolate and buttermilk toast or a personal devotional time in which you read part of a special book or two or something. I want to be a morning person too!

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  77. You have described me exactly! I am a total night owl, a big procrastinator, and do my best work at night too. But the world is just not made for people like you and me!

    I always want to stay up late because I feel like there's more I could be accomplishing instead of going to bed. I know it's not the best way to think about it though. I bet if I procrastinated less, I would feel better about going to bed earlier. I heard that you should do your least enjoyable task first thing in the day, so you can get it out of the way and move onto more enjoyable tasks. I am still working on that one! Please share any tips you come across, I wish I was an early bird too!

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  78. I am a total night owl. I work 3 days a week and the other days I'm up until 2-3am. When my husband goes to bed at 11pm I'm getting my second wind. I am my most creative in the craft room at that time. I have to force myself to go to bed and find I get heartburn around that time. That's my sign its time for bed. Does that happen to you?

    I'm 41 and I'm noticing that those late nights are aging me. BIG time. I look so old in the morning even if I sleep 8 hours. Not good. I so wish I could change the habit.

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  79. When I read this I swear it was like reading about myself! I'm a TOTAL NIGHT OWL and I'm really trying hard to change it. I fight everyday to not go back to bed after the kiddos are off to school.

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  80. 100% Owl, I find I do my best work late at night I get into my zone, no one yelling mom and no phones ringing everyone is asleep and I love it. My husband and my son are both early risers so no one wakes me up unless its with a cup of coffee :)

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  81. I'm totally a night owl... even now, at 8 months pregnant, I'm usually not in bed till 12:30-1:00 or later! My little boy still has two years till he goes to school, but I'm feeling the same way - though I love staying up at night, I feel like I'm missing the morning for the rest of the world. And I'm totally embarrassed when someone else sees evidence of my late nights/late mornings - like the maintenance guys that came at 8AM to see my zombie self... or the lady that dropped a baby present by my house at 11AM and found me still in my pajamas. Ugh. If you find any ground breaking tips, be sure to let us know!

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  82. you are one of my people.i have always been this way.if you find anything that works tell me because i hate getting up early. i am so tired .i always say i will go to sleep earlier.but most of the time i just dont and i really should.so hopefully i will work on it this year.note the time of this comment almost midnight.

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  83. Joining the club-I am a night owl.
    And yes, I have a high IQ and high creativity, LOL. At least after 4pm I do!

    I have had to change a bit over the years as well-here are my tips:

    You have to have a nightly routine.
    Write it out so you stick to it!
    Dinner, kids stuff, whatever you need to do from dinner-bedtime.
    This will also help keep the procrastination monster at bay.

    Get up earlier in half an hour increments. Don't worry what time you go to sleep; when you are tired enough you will sleep earlier.
    Like kids do :)

    Oh, and NO TV IN THE BEDROOM! Bedrooms should be for sleep and sex. Period. Watch TV in the living/den.


    It is hard to change-but you can if you want to. My hubby is an early riser-he rowed crew in college, and they started at 4:45 every day-and he STILL keeps that schedule! Ok so now he gets up at 5...but sheesh.
    I am in my third REM sleep by then.

    We go to bed at ten. I get up at seven, when he says "bye" and leaves.

    I work part time, so I can eat breakfast at nine. Not before. Ick.

    My workout time is seven pm. That's my fave, and it helps me feel tired by ten-any later and it will do the opposite! Shower is at nine.
    Then I read or knit until bedtime.I still have some nights that take me a while to fall asleep, but I don't sweat them.

    I will always be a night owl, but I can function in an early bird world if I have to. I don't love it, but I have learned to do it. Fingers crossed that you make your life fit your world a bit better!

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  84. Reading this post makes me feel so much better! I really thought I was the only 20+ year old that can't stand waking up early in the mornings. I'm a full-time grad student, so I do most of my homework at night till about 2 or 3am. After starting my new blog, it's worse! It makes me procrastinate because I love sifting through all the creative blogs on the web, even though I really should be doing other things. Regardless of my lifestyle, I won't rule out a sleep disorder/vitamin deficiency because those could be very real possibilities for me; however, I have ALWAYS been this way. So, it very well could be genetics. I wish this world was a "night owl" world! I've also been hitting the gym harder than ever this year, and do feel more energy than normal. I think hitting the gym earlier in the day could be the best thing for change.

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  85. Oh, dear - I want to become a day person as well and do fine for a short periods of time (or when there is something I REALLY want to do that requires getting up early) but then I slowly go to bed later and later ( and get up later and later...)

    PLEASE - share your secrets and give me some hope!

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  86. Wow, you are describing me minus the kiddos. ;) My hubby is a night owl which doesn't help matters. Working for yourself makes it so easy to fall into a trap of going to bed late. Every morning though when I do that I get frustrated with myself thinking of how much more productive I could have been and how much more rested I would have been if I went to bed at 10pm and got up at 6am. I'm working on the same change at the moment. As you can see it's going well since it's 12am. ;)

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  87. I stay up too late(around 2am)& have to wake up early (around 7:30am). I get extremely tired between 4pm-8pm. This is when my work day is ending and dinner-making, dinner-eating, bath time, play time, clean up time happens - I usually don't do the clean up time. Then my little guy goes to bed around 8:30-8:45 & that is MY TIME. I must read, watch TV, do laundry, take a shower, eat junk food, & sit at my computer & read blogs like this and then it's 2am and I'm like "OH GOSH, I NEED TO GO TO BED, I HAVE TO GET UP AT 7 FREAKING 30!" I do this every night. I have to stop.

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  88. Judging by the volume and length of comments you have received you seem to have hit on something. I am a night owl like you. Starting a blog has made it WAY worse. I am trying soo hard to become a morning person. I want to start working out in the morning and tackling some projects and getting showered and dressed and set to go for the day. I have turned the alarm off every morning. I don't think I have been dressed before five in the evening all week. I too need to make the shift. I feel ya. I still get up in the morning (8 month old and 3 year old) but I am exhausted and barely functioning.

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  89. Sarah it's like you read my mind! I, too, am a night owl who desperatley wants to be on the same schedule as the rest of the country. I feel so unproductive when I sleep in until 10, and I'm rarely productive staying up late either, so I've got to get on a schedule! I'm a med student, so my schedule is a bit different anyway, but I'm making the effort now at 24 to learn how to be a morning person so that 4 am surgery doesn't kick my butt next year! We had a lecture on sleep recently, and I learned that one way to change your sleep habits is to have a normal wake-up time. I decided that was a better discipline than trying to make a normal bedtime, so my new wake-up time is 7 am. I woke up before 7 this morning and felt great! Exercise is wonderful too! A few more tips they suggested were no reading/tv/computer in bed (only sleep and well, you know), and none of those activities the hour before bed either (I don't know what they suggest we do in that hour though!). Just figure out what works best for you and ask for God's help! I know you can do it! Those rhythms can change :)

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  90. I have always been a night owl! It's not that I hate mornings..I just luv my bed..especially at 6 a.m.! When my girls were little and in school, I got up with them, got them on the bus and went back to bed for a little while. As an RN, I have only worked part time and you guessed it..3pm to 1130 pm! When I was gone in the evening, hubby was able to take care of our girls and actually enjoyed it! Late night is my time. No one needs anything..all are sleeping and quiet! I have never felt that I miss anything by not being up at 6 am. I feel bad for those you HAVE to be in bed at a certain time, HAVE to be up at a certain time and have to wake up by an annoying alarm clock! But, I will wish you luck with your attempt to change your entire genetic structure....LOL

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  91. Reading all these comments is going to keep you up late. :) I'm a morning person but my hub is a night owl. He's trying to change like you. The best thing for him is to go to bed at his typical time but then force himself to get up early the next morning. Then, that night he's so tired from a shorter than normal night's sleep that he goes to bed early. It's not a perfect science but it's a great start. Also, exercising at night totally keeps you awake. It takes your body a while to come down from the endorphin high so keep up the exercise in the morning, it's so much better! Neither of us drink coffee and I actually read somewhere that eating an apple is as effective as a cup of coffee in the morning.

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  92. I was just talking about sleep the other day. I suppose I am a morning person. I get soooo sleepy by 9 every single night and feel guilty wanting to go to bed that early. I finally realized it is okay! However, I still run a bit behind in the a.m. trying to accomplish one more thing...

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  93. I'm so glad to hear that someone else struggles to get up in the morning like me! It's a battle with the snooze button every morning. I'm like you, I function better at night than in the morning. I so wish I was more of a morning person but I've yet to be successful. I get to work later and later as the months go by so something needs to change. :)

    And that's so interesting that it's somewhat genetic. My mom is totally a night owl too and not a morning person. Like mother, like daughter right? ;) Can't wait to hear if you are able to cross over to the other side!

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  94. I'm afraid I don't have anything different to say than what has already been said, but I'll say it anyway.

    I'm a night owl, too! More prone to depression, smart, all that. I know that reform is possible--my mom did it for her job. She used to say up until 2 or 3 in the morning, but when she changed jobs and had to wake up at 4 (4!), she had to make it work.

    That being said, don't try to change yourself too much! If you write well at night, write at night! I once had a professor tell me (in my last semester of college, after many years of being told the opposite) that we should always try to write in the environment that we write best in. She wasn't there to try to tell us not to wait until the last minute to write our papers. If we need to write them at the last minute for them to be good, so be it, she said. The fact is that you have a certain environment that yields your best writing and you should try to take advantage of it. Thank you, Dr. Francus, for your wise words!

    I also wanted to say that working out actually gives you more energy, so be wary of exercising too close to bedtime. You might find it hard to wind down.

    Good luck and let us know how your switch goes!

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  95. I like to get up early (it's hard, though!) because I love the dark and quiet before the rest of the house gets up (we have 3 kids and we home school). I exercise, get ready and have time to read my Bible before getting the kids up for breakfast. I like lists, so I've made a slew of them I keep in a cute little binder that helps me plan- routines make things go faster because they're more mechanical and I don't have to think. There is a lot that could be said, but I suppose for me, it's boiled down to priorities for this season of my life. If an activity doesn't directly accomplish one of my top 5, it's a no (I've found I still have plently of time to "amuse" myself!). There is a book called Margin by Dr. Swenson that might give you some insight.

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  96. Add me to the list of late night creatures. I do want to change...my son gets up at 745am (he's 3 1/2) and has started to realize that if he pulls the covers off me, I get up. But I'm really tired...mainly because of my 2am bedtime. That being said, even though you "think" you can function on not a lot of sleep from late night to morning, if you are trying to switch to mornings, you may need more than eight hours of sleep. Like, nine maybe. Some people are also built to need more sleep depending on their whole "schedule". I'm trying to adjust mine...mainly because I'm really cranky and rude in the mornings and if I could have time to wake up before my son does, maybe I'd be a better person. Hang in there....the determined will figure it out. Or regress.....and force more people to the dark side. Lol

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  97. I'm 100% night owl. I even changed everyone's shifts at work so that I could start my day at noon. I mean, someone needs to stay until 9 pm, so it wasn't entirely selfish - I just made it work in my favor. The only time I was ever able to consistently get up early was for school. I had an 8 am calculus class that I loved, but was also terrified to miss. I wish you the very best of luck in your quest to be an early bird - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you at 3 am...when I'm still wide awake :)

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  98. My sister has problems waking up too. She just bought a natural light/alarm thing. It gradually gets brighter and brighter until it hits the brightest setting when the alarm goes off. She said it is amazing. Really give your body time to wake up, even when the sun isn't out yet!

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  99. Wow! You really touched a good subject! 100 comments!

    I'm a night owl, always have been...it's almost midnight here! I too want to change because my husband is more of a morning person (and 20 years older...don't judge me. Lol) I need to change my ways to spend more time together.

    Good luck on getting to where you want to be. I'm also working on it.

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  100. Total night owl! I get my best ideas and work done really late. Always have, even tho I was forced to bed early as a kid. I had a book and flashlight under the covers. Don't see me changing at this late date.

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  101. This is what I've experienced about this: it can change with age, and it can be about habit. I used to be a night owl, but as I got older, I couldn't stay up late like I used to. It made me feel old. I also notice that if I changed my schedule/sleeping habit that this could have an effect on it. If I slept in late, or took naps during the day, I could stay up later. But I also believe that if you get your body into the habit of waking up at the same time every day, and making a routine of when you wake up (or when you go to sleep), that you can change and become more of a morning person or night person depending on which one you want.

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  102. OMG! I could have written this post! I have gotten even worse since I got an iPhone. Internet in bed? Thank you! Every birthday wish and New Year's resolution for years has been "I want to be a morning person." My husband is a total morning bird and makes me feel so behind when I finally drag myself out of bed. Much luck to you! If you find a way to make the switch, please let us know! Signing off... 12:06 a.m.

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  103. Well, I am a Night Owl too! When reading about your "Night Owl" crossroads, my first thought was... We should chat! I often feel alone too, but we are both up:)I have struggled with this for years, and have gotten a small bit better. I was tired of being so "foggy" in the morning!I do drink coffee, and that helps get me going for sure :) I set a maximum bed-time hour for myself for 12:30, hands down. I generally stay up until 11:30 (used to be 1:00am) but occasionally will push it until exactly 12:30 (yes racing into bed like a crazy woman) I just got tired of feeling "tired" I feel much better, and proud of myself that I'm sticking to my goal!I wish you luck, and do baby steps, you can do it!!

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  104. Oh, Sarah, thank you for posting this and letting me see that my sister and I are not alone. Funny thing... out of three sisters, she and I are the crafty creative ones and the ones who stay up, fight going to bed. Oh, if we went to bed, we'd sleep, no trouble there.. but there's always something better to be doing. And then hate getting up in the morning, but we're grown ups, so we do. YUK. The other sister has no interest in crafting or being creative and is early to bed. Go figure.... we're a classic research group right there. I don't feel so alone right now; it's going on midnight, I live alone with my dog and I'm here puttering around the house, working on projects, reading blogs... and feeling like I have all these friends out there doing the same thing I'm doing. Thank you!

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  105. I am a night owl and always have been. It's easier for me to do things at night. Waking up in the morning KILLS me, which is why I have a blaring, annoying alarm go off in the bathroom so that I HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off, making it a teensy bit easier to wake up. Being a night owl does not work out with my chosen profession (teacher) EXCEPT in the summer, when my bedtime is usually no earlier than 3:30 am. One thing I have read that can help wake you up in the morning is letting in the sunlight by opening curtains.

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  106. I'm an owl, married to a bird, trying to switch over too. In high school it was so bad I would stay up all night if I had homework to do. Good luck in your endeavor! Hoping by the time this 2nd baby is here I'll have a better schedule :/

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  107. I'm an owl, married to a bird, trying to switch over too. In high school it was so bad I would stay up all night if I had homework to do. Good luck in your endeavor! Hoping by the time this 2nd baby is here I'll have a better schedule :/

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  108. I fought this battle my whole life. I managed to get up when I needed to (school, work, kid's school), but I hated it. I did that my whole life until I retired. Now I can stay up as late as I want (usually turn off the light at about 3:30 am) and I can sleep as late as I want to (usually wake up between 10 and 11 am). I am finally living in the time frame I like best. I am happy and I will never regret one minute of wakefulness in the middle of the night!! I've paid my dues and I've earned the right to do it my way! (Sorry, I don't always sound like Frank Sinatra!)

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  109. I recommend looking into melatonin to help reset your circadian rhythm. I am night owl (my preferred term is vampire) and so are most of my family members. If I don't have a set schedule, I am literally nocturnal (I wake up after sunset and fall asleep at sunrise. I should point I that I am single and do not have kids.)

    Getting up at a normal hour has always been a struggle. In high school I would fall asleep in class even if I had gotten plenty of sleep because I just couldn't function that early in the morning.

    I always took night classes in college even though I didn't have a day job. My day job was sleeping! :)

    When I worked full time I STRUGGLED to be on time. I would sometimes be an hour or more late and ended up staying late to make up for it.

    Right now I work nights part-time and I am trying to reset my schedule as I am actively looking for a full-time job. Melatonin has really helped me.

    Good luck!

    P.S. I love your blog and I read it every day. I don't normally comment on blogs but I really wanted to share my experience and advice with sleep/schedule problems. And notice that it is almost 3 am and I have to be up in two hours! Yikes! It's a process, that's for sure. I took a few days this weekend to reset to a "human" (versus vampire) sleep schedule, and now I am right back to being a creature of the night.

    ~Elizabeth

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  110. You tell me...it is 1:10 am! I have always been a night owl, but now I work nights so it is really hard to go to bed early when I am off. My husband is an early bird...and a happy one...YUK! You may make me get up early, but I won't be smiling...I hope you have better luck than me...Lori

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  111. i was a night owl most of my adult life - until one year about 10 years ago my son got a paper route that he needed a driver (he was under age to drive himself) which required getting up at 4:30 to get papers/deliver and once that was done it was off to work for 8 hours. after a few weeks of night owling and this made for a very ugly day. this is when i was forced to GO TO BED EARLIER, way earlier. we haven't done a paper route in years but for the life of me i cannot most of the time stay up past 10. it is great now and i do love getting up earlier - never got rid of that - but i do miss being up LATE sometimes! Good luck in trying to rearrange!! once you do/can - you will probably end up loving getting up earlier

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  112. It's my own little theory that I've 'tested' on a few friends and family, but I think it is based on when you are born. My daughter and I were born in the morning - and we are morning people. My son was born at 11p; night owl. My husband was born in the afternoon; morning person (he bucks the theory but perhaps he could have leaned either way, born in the afternoon)...

    You could try melatonin pills at night to help you reset your internal clock? It works for jetlag :)

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  113. It appears I'm the odd-man-out. I don't necessarily like mornings, but I hate feeling rushed and I work in the construction industry. It took years of practice, but I normally wake up Monday-Sunday around 4:17am. With my last job, I used that extra time in the morning to plan my day, read a few chapters, do a load of laundry, go for a walk or bake a cake. I do go to bed at 10pm and drink lots of water. I think your first step is to get rested; real rest. If you're getting up earlier, your body should start to slow down earlier in the day.

    Good luck!

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  114. I'm a morning person. Both of my parents are morning people too. I remember going camping when I was little & we were always the first family in the entire campground that was awake. We'd eat breakfast & then ride our bikes around a sleeping campground all by ourselves. I love mornings. I'm sooo productive in the mornings & then by the time lunch rolls around I've gotten crazy amounts of stuff done. Love that! I work full time, so weekdays I have to be up at 6, weekends I tend to get up around 7:30 or so. I usually go to bed around 10 or 11.

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  115. I am definitely a morning bird, and have been since I was a toddler, so my mom tells me. I wake up most of the time without an alarm clock. On the weekends I sort of hate that, but now that I have kids, I LONG for that time in the morning when no one else is awake. If I can think of it that way, getting out of bed is earlier. It's kind of like having a 'one up' on the rest of the world (at least that's how I think about it). I do drink coffee, so lately I've been programming my coffee to start 10 minutes before I want to get out of bed. That way, I hear it go off and know that as soon as I head down the steps I can have my fresh cup of coffee. Since you don't drink coffee, I realize that won't work for you, but is there an alternative? I hope you can make the switch, as I know that will mean a lot to the Bub next year when he's getting ready for school to have you right beside him.

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  116. You've made the first step...admitting it's a problem in your life and you want to change. Basically it will involve resetting your internal clock. It wouldn't hurt to speak to your doctor about this and get some wisdom there. One thing for sure, if you park yourself in front of a computer screen (or any bright light) it prevents your brain from producing the melatonin that is necessary to bring sleep on. Research has shown this. Also having a digital clock with blue light interferes with melatonin. Use your cell phone as an alarm clock and get rid of the light that the clock glows at night. Sorry, no more than this to offer but as a morning person, I wouldn't trade getting up early for anything. I love being awake when the earth wakes up. The birds beginning to chirp and the sunrise are good for my soul. I would definitely see your physician.

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  117. I would check out the tips on this website
    http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Morning-Person

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  118. I'm what I call a "daylight" person. I get up when the sun comes up and start winding down when the sun goes down. So, I get LOTS done during the summer and not so much during the winter. Funny, huh?

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  119. I am a total morning person. No matter what time I go to bed I am awake by 6am. NO MATTER WHAT. I hate that...I wish I could sleep. I have friends that can sleep til noon. Sometimes I envy that. I guess I feel like I am sleeping my day away if I sleep past 8. I get this from my dad. My mom could sleep all day. Good luck on your change. The birds can have the worm, I just want to sleep past 6am.

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  120. Wow, I am amazed at how many people are also up at 1 or 2 in the morning. I am living like a night owl but I think my natural rhythm is more of a lark because I am tired most of the time and just don't get things done like I used to. My husband works late so I stay up so we can get a chance to talk after the kids are asleep. Which turns into reading blogs, watching TV, ringing my family back home (they are in another country so the time difference allows that), etc. I am trying to force myself to go to bed earlier too - I think I will get a lot more done if I do. This was my only New Year's resolution actually. Good luck to us!

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  121. I'm a complete early bird, and it's definately in my DNA. My Dad is up around 4:30 every morning. Me, around 5-5:30. My hubby is such a night owl and I get so aggravated with him sleeping in! Your post makes me take a different look at his sleeping habits.
    I love waking up before the sun rises. I feel like I'm the only one on Earth awake and the world has so many secrets to share with me.

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  122. sarah, i have no idea if this is relevant but in my facebook feed i had you post and crystal wilkerson's post back to back and i had to share it with you. she is having some kind of thirty day planner challenge and the them is "early to bed, early to rise....." i could totally be a night owl, but my husband is a morning person (farmer to boot) and it isn't realistic. so just keep getting up at 5:30 and you'll be amazed how tire you are at 9pm. think of it more of a clock shift than a lifestyle change. you just need to make your body think that 9pm is 2am. :O) ha, easier said than done i know!
    oh, here is the link to crystal's blog if your curious.
    http://www.crystalwilkerson.com/blog

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  123. Of course you can do it!!!!! I have always been a morning person (never drank coffee), so I am not sure what advice to offer. My body just works that way. I do not need an alarm clock; my brain is my alarm clock. I love being a morning person. As you said, I feel that I get lots done by the middle of the day, and that is a good feeling.

    Keep us posted on your progress and good luck. You can do it <3

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  124. I've always been a night owl. I've proudly said for years "sleep is a waste of time". Until a recent surgery knocked me into a regular sleep pattern. I feel so much better than the days I was getting 5 hrs of sleep. I work full time and notice a change for the better. I used to LOVE my nights that everyone was sleeping cuz it was ME time. But I would tend to be a crank pot in the early hrs. I'm 41 so it is possible :). Good luck!!!

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  125. I actually would kind of love to be a night owl and sleep in, but my son is a card-carrying early bird since age 1, so I really have no choice. ;) I just wanted to encourage you about making the change before he goes to school. Even though mornings are (still) not my favorite time, I have really worked hard to make our mornings more peaceful now that he is in kindergarten (and he is my only). We try to have special time reading and snuggling before I take him to the bus stop, but that only works if Mommy is awake and has done all the things I need to do (get dressed, pack lunch, etc.) ahead of time. I like the idea of having something to look forward to in the morning -- mine is coffee with yummy creamer and also possibly reading a little of a good book that I only read in the morning (while little man watches a short video). You can do it! :)

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  126. I'm totally a morning person. But, I have a daughter, well 3 actually, but one that is totally a night owl. She is very smart, like you said, but tests poorly. She also struggles with, not so much "depression", but anxiety issues, like you also said. I strongly encourage you to try and get your son's schedule turned around before he starts school. For his sake and for your sanity! Good luck with that! Cute pictures! I wonder if you read all of your comments, you have so many and I'm like #127!

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  127. I HATE GETTING UP IN THE MORNING, but I have to be at work four days a week at 7 a.m. (No, that is not a typo.) How do I get up at 5 a.m. every day? Oh, who are we kidding? I don't. How do I get up at 6:10 a.m. every day? Practice. Your body will fight it for awhile. But, believe it or not, once you get into a rhythm of getting up at the SAME TIME most days of the week, your body will naturally wake up at that time. Check out my post on the subject: http://livingrichonless.com/?p=95. I feel like a different person when I get up early. I feel like one of those freaky people ... all smiley and in control and organized and stuff. It's so worth it if you can DISCIPLINE yourself to do it. Oh, and I just realized I'm typing this probably 3 hours or so before you're even out of bed. Nanny, nanny, poo, poo; stick your head in doo doo. See ya at Haven!

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  128. Oh my word what a fun topic!

    I'm naturally an early bird. I got up in the 4's today. Like 4:30ish. I used to get up in the 6's but I've learned I need quiet to write and the best time for my brain is before lunch--that's when my "zone" ends. hate me.

    I think lots of bloggers get much of their work done while the family is sleeping--in a way, what's the difference between staying up an extra two hours later or getting up an extra two hours earlier? Either way it's quiet and you are alone getting work done and hopefully twitter is a quiet place so you can really get to working.

    For me the real struggle lies in spending my time wisely. yesterday I made the big mistake of checking my email at 5:30am, I spent the next 45 minutes on a new blog reading about a mom with cancer {who I now adore} but, really, that's not what I got up for. I should have been working and then I can read her blog in the cracks in the afternoon.

    LOved the story about writing your paper early. Oh I adore you.

    I still think there's a solution where you can utilize your night owlness and your natural "zone" time.

    I've written and entire book here. forgive me. I've been up for four hours, need to go eat lunch...

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  129. I could have written this post word for word... so I definitely know where you are coming from.

    My natural pattern is to stay up til 2 or 3 a.m. and sleep til noon. But like you... I feel like I'm missing the best part of the day because by the time I get up and get motivated, it's 2 or 3 o'clock. LOL

    I am SO not one of those people who wakes up chipper and full of energy. This is not easy since I work an 8 to 5 job.

    I don't know any easy answers... but I will say this. Once I turned 40, it was easier to go to bed earlier because I was TIRED!

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  130. Hi Sarah, I have noticed that when I use my computer at night I get energized and can push sleepiness away. I think the bright light interferes with the wind down towards sleep. Maybe cut off the computer use for an hour or two prior to sleep could help also???

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  131. Sarah, so funny that you brought this up. I think I am both....love staying up late, but also REALLY get the best work done in the morning. . . IF i make myself get up! My kids are grown and gone, but realized during the holidays i was sleeping later and later, purposely pulling the covers up when I heard my husband up, and sometimes it would be 10:00 before I woke up. Then it was 11:00 once I had a cup of coffee, checked emails and blogs, etc...then it was noon, and the day was half gone! The last two weeks I have set my alarm at 7:00
    and MAKE myself get up! While I'm not always in bed early, it's not 2:00 am either! I do feel better, and definitely feel more productive. YES, it is something you have to re-set in your own body!! HOWEVER, you still amaze me with all you accomplish, no matter what time you do it! ha!

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  132. Long time (closet) early bird here...I hate telling people that I wake up most mornings by 5 without the aid of an alarm.

    Around 9 PM my mind shuts down and I quit thinking. I can stay up later, but in no way be productive.

    I'm a college student now and am surrounded by people who stay up until 2 AM to finish papers or study...
    I can't, I'm able to get up really early and finish before class.
    I'm my most creative and productive before 8 AM

    Best of luck to you... I understand why you'd wanna switch, but don't think there is much bad with being an owl. Hang in there, don't fight your rythm too much !

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  133. Oh, boy, I hear ya. I've always been a night owl. School was really tough for me as a kid (as was catching the school bus!).

    My son has to be up at 5:30 every morning to get to school now. Killer. And I have to start working on my blog by 7:00 if I'm going to get my post for the day published by 8:00. I won't be fully awake until 10:00, though! :)

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  134. ONE HUGE TIP:
    COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!

    Having kids in school helps..you HAVE to get up! Your body clock will adjust a little..having natural sunlight come in helps in the morning. Face it you are a night owl, me too! It's not easy! I sleep in on only on the weekends. Good luck!!

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  135. Sarah, I'm a TOTAL night owl. I have to intentionally set my alarm for 30 minutes before I REALLY have to get up because I know I'll keep hitting that snooze button. My friends and family know (especially those that have lived with me) not to talk to me before 9 a.m. or all you'll get is a grunt. My long time friend and college roomie is the exact opposite. In college, she would go to bed early and get up the next morning to finish her homework/paper/whatever, and I just could not wrap my head around that. I knew if I tried to do that, that when my alarm went off in the morning, I would inevitably forget about the very important paper in favor of sleep. She's a teacher now and still does the exact same thing with lesson plans... I just don't get it!! The thing I've figured out over the last few years, though, is that it's not the mornings that bother me. On the weekend, I get up usually between 8 and 8:30 without an alarm clock, and if I sleep later, I feel like I've slept the day away. What I hate is being FORCED out of bed by the ringing of an alarm clock. It's the fact that I'm being MADE to get up against my will that really irks me. So maybe I'm neither a night owl or an early bird, but just have a hate/hate relationship with my alarm clock... hmmm...

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  136. I so relate. Only difference is that when I stay up half the night, I feel like I'm on a drug overdose the next day. Trouble is, even though I KNOW I will feel that way, I stay up anyway. I do think it's inborn. I've always been this way. Computers and their blue screens don't help. Takes a while to settle in to sleep. But what's a girl to do with great blogs like yours and Pinterest!!!

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  137. I'm right there with you on being a night person, always have been. Absolutley have always hated getting up early. I use the excuse that I was born at 1pm on a Tuesday - so see, I don't even think the week should start till Tuesday, at 1pm. When I worked outside of the home I always had to pretend I was a morning person, afterall I was in sales, I had to be happy all of the time. I guess that makes me a good actress - - hhhmmm!

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  138. I feel your pain! I am most productive and energized at night. I NEVER go to bed before midnight. I have two elementary aged kids and I force myself to get up every morning before they do to shower and wake myself up. And I do drink LOTS of coffee! I think my body has just adjusted to less sleep. But every night I say, "Why do I stay up so late???" Kudos to you for trying to make a change!! Best of luck!

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  139. You stole the words from my mouth! I struggle with the same thing!

    I am a night owl and my husband is an early bird. When the alarm goes off, I hit snooze for, oh....an hour and 10 minutes! Yep. Bad.

    I have thought about buying one of those alarm clocks that wake you up gradually with light.

    You see, I have no trouble going to sleep. By 11pm, I am out like a light and have no trouble sleeping. It's the waking up that kicks my butt. My alarm goes off at 6:20am and I can't get up. Once 7:30am rolls around, and the sun starts to peak through my blinds, I'm good to go! Maybe this alarm clock will help?

    Good for you for trying to make a change! Keep us updated on your progress!

    Michelle
    http://www.the236.net

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  140. I'm a night person by nature, too. But I have managed to switch it up a bit. Just by habit. I make myself go to be by 11. And, just by dint of having to wake up every day at 7 for work...now I wake up without an alarm. Took about 5 years for that to happen. My weekend "sleep in" has also changed and now I'm out of bed by 9 at the latest. Just set a schedule and keep to it, eventually it will become habit and feel normal. Oh, and as far as exercise - I tried like heck to get into morning workouts rather than my preferred 8-10 pm slot. Never worked. Never felt anything but ill. So now I go at noon. You have to listen to your body.

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  141. I too am a night owl! I can get up early.When I was in Civil Air Patrol there were times when I had to get up about 5 AM! But if I'm doing something creative, afternoons and evenings are best by far...and as a self-employed decorator, I can make my appointments usually to fit my creative/awake schedule.

    I'll send you an email with more details. I'm rootin' for ya, but that ol' circadian rhythm is sure hard to flip to morning bird!

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  142. I'm definitely a morning person - always have been. BUT, I have found that as I've gotten older it's harder and harder to get up in the morning. I still force myself to because, like you, exercise first thing is the best way to start my day. It's a struggle some days though and I have to remind myself that it just takes 30 seconds to get up and out of bed and it will be one of the best decisions I make all day. Hang in there. It might always be a struggle but once the little one is off to school you won't have much of a choice so starting to shift now is a great idea.

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  143. I am such an early bird that I usually get mocked for it! I'm 22, I start work at 7am so I am awake by 5am every day. On weekends I usually wake up no later than 6. That being said, I am almost ALWAYS asleep by 9pm - sometimes even 7:30 or 8! Getting up at 6 on a weekend and having time to do a bit of cleaning, read a book, or just relax and get your day slowly started, while the rest of the world is still fast asleep.. ahh.. there's something just so peaceful about it!!

    I used to work at a job where my hours were all over the place, but it did not take me long to adjust to this early routine and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I believe if you gradually get to bed earlier and earlier, your body will definitely get used to it. Just take baby steps and I have complete faith you'll reach your goal!

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  144. UGH...I am a night owl! It used to serve me well in college when I'd stay up all night either partying with my friends...or gossiping with my girlfriends...or cramming for a final. Now...it's my worst quality, I think!
    EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. trying to become a morning person is my #1 New Year's Resolution! EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. I fail!
    I'm getting better, a little. I think I finally have found the motivation....in being pregnant! I know this little bundle will be getting me up VERY early...and I'm hoping I can make some adjustments now to help deal with it!
    I don't think it will ever be easy or natural, but I do think I can make it part of my routine (I hope!).
    The only time I have ever not struggled with getting out of bed (less it be afternoon), even at ungodly early hours, is for a flight....espeically if to somewhere warmer and nicer! Other than that...I hit the snooze button more times that I care to admit.
    Good luck to you....I know I certainly need it too!
    : )

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  145. Love the post! I am an in-between sort of person. (I think they are the least productive) I am tired at 8:00pm and 8:00 am! I feel most awake in the afternoon...I'm an afternoon....finch??

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  146. I'm essentially like you (I could read until 6:30 am, no problem), but I've gone to great lengths during various parts of my life to change it. In high school, I would set my alarm about an hour before I really had to get up, took my shower, then hung out in bed watching TV or reading for a while and let myself gradually wake up more before I officially needed to function for other people. It works, and I do it to various degrees to this day. Plus, my husband usually falls asleep around 10 pm, and he's gradually sucked me in, and then helps with the going to bed part. I hope you achieve lark-like status soon! Good luck!

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  147. I don't enjoy staying up late (unless a fun activity is involved to make me forget how late it is:), but I find it hard to call myself a morning person either. I think I am just a creature of habit and more of an 8-hours-of-sleep kind of person. Shout-out to one of the pastors at my church for Life App #4: Rest. 'Your life moves to a better place when you move at a sustainable pace. Rest isn't just a nice thing, it's a must':

    http://www.buckheadchurch.org/messages/life_apps

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  148. I could have written this myself! It is exactly how I am. I feel lazy because I sleep late, but I know I actually get the same amount of sleep as those who are morning people, I am just on a different schedule. No matter how hard i try, I just can't get up early...even if i go to bed early! I hate that my days seem so short because I sleep late!!Even now that my kids are in school and have to be there by 7:45, I can't adjust and often go back to sleep! If you get it figured out, let us know!!! I would love to change too!!!
    Amy

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  149. This is tough one. It's soooo hard for me to get up everyday! I get up at 5:30 & I HATE it! Of course getting up that early has me going to sleep by 9:30! I know I'm a mawmaw!! So can I be called a morning person if I hate getting up early?? HA!

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  150. You have a TON of comments here, so I will keep it short. Everything will change when you have a full time grade school child. Plus, as you get older...your internal clock will shift. My guess....you are chronically exhausted and dont' realize it. Never met a night owl that wasn't. Good luck with your ideas!!! :)

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  151. Thanks so much for writing about this.(I am a long time subscriber and LOVE your blog.) Hoot hoot...I am a night owl.One of my earliest memories is me begging my parents to stay up and watch Johnny Carson with them at the age of 4 or 5 ! All the years of working and getting my kids up for school never felt right. I think us owls just grin and bear it but never fully change into those early birds.

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  152. I love this post and boy did it make me smile!

    I was a night owl and now I'm the early bird. When my kids were little it was so easy staying up late and sleeping in or going back to bed after they went to school.

    Things gradually changed when I had to go back to a traditional daytime job. Now it's so rare for me to stay up past 11 and if I sleep-in past 7 or 7:30 - well WOW is all I can say. I'll even admit that my normal bedtime is 10. Ugh. I miss that freedom and creativity time though and feel a bit caged in by my traditional lifestyle. Good luck on your journey:D

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  153. I'm a morning person! I like to be showered and ready for my day while the house is quiet. I also like to get to bed early. I've been in bed at 7:30 or 8:00pm before....super early for most folks. This wasn't always the case though. I used to stay up late and sleep in late. I don't know what happened. I think I just started getting up earlier and earlier and liked how much I was able to accomplsh. Once you start to experience how great getting stuff done and over with right away is it will get easier! Can't wait to see how you do. Good Luck!
    -Diana

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  154. Melatonin supplements can help with sleeping. Also, just like with changing a baby's schedule if you put yourself to sleep 15 minutes earlier over time you can naturally adjust your internal clock.
    If you need help in the morning Advocare's Sparks drinks are AMAZING!

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  155. I feel like I'm echoing a lot of what others have had to say, but I literally felt that I was reading something I wrote myself...especially about writing the paper. I wrote ONE paper ahead of time in my college career, got a C...ahh! Same class, the other three papers required, I stayed up until 2am writing the day it was due...all A's. I need the pressure.

    It's the same way with getting up in the morning, if there's not an immediate need to get up, I just "don't wanna!" But I'm in the same boat in wishing to be a morning person. Good luck with it! And let us know if you have any success!

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  156. This is so me! I have always wondered if it would change when my husband and I have kids, but I think I am fooling myself. My husband is an early bird, and quite frankly, it just makes me mad at him... lol. I have always been jealous of those people that can get up in the morning without hitting the snooze button, have time to gather themselves in the morning, and are not late to work EVERY DAY. Good luck trying to change it; you may have given me just what I needed to try to battle my "problem" too.

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  157. I have wanted to make the change too for many years. I have done A LOT of research. I found out some interesting things. The two most important hours of sleep are from 10pm-12 midnight. So if you are a night owl just sleep from 10-12 and get back up :) Also, the natural circadian rhythm of all humans was to be up with the sun, but alas we have all screwed that one up with electricity, so you have to be up before 6am to get back into the natural circadian rhythm. Thank you for your post it has inspired me to try again.

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  158. OH SARAH! I'm so happy you posted about this. This is SO ME! But with the coffee! It's so nice to know that I'm not alone, although at 1 am on fb is seems like it. It's refreshing to know that a CELEB blogger (you TOTALLY are) suffers from this too. AND reading through your comments we aren't alone. I have no idea how to get over this. Everyday for some weird reason right after dinner I suddenly feel EMPOWERED and want to clean everything. This being the time to bathe the baby girl, put her to bed, snuggle with the hubs. I am mopping floors and dusting. And every night I scold myself for not just getting it done during the day so that I can spend more time with my family. I would LOVE to wake up and make my hubby breakfast before he leaves for work. Alie will also be going to pre k this fall so I need to nip this night time madness in the bud now! I'm gonna go study all these comments. If you find the cure PLEASE let us know! :)

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  159. Funny I was just talkin about this....I am for sure a nighterson however I really believe in going to bed w hubby so I force myself....and love it mostly, however mornings are still hats, somewhere between 630 and 7 is when I finally pull myself out, my goal is to get up before family....well see if it ever happens....I hate coffee however Swiss miss makes coco "with as much caffiene as a cup of coffee" so I must have one each day!

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  160. I can so relate to your predicament! The only difference is that I guess I never really saw the need to change it - until recently. When my kiddos were little, I got up earlier because I had to. When I worked outside the home, I got up because I had to. As they grew I got to sleep alittle later. Guess it makes a difference that we homeschool and I don't have to get them out the door in the morning. But I noticed as I approached 50 (and crossed into that decade) my need for sleep increased and I HAD to go to bed earlier even though I still wanted to stay up since I was used to being productive at night. Now I stay up, but I'm not productive! I'm finding I do better if I get to sleep before 11:30 and sleep until whenever, making sure I get 7 - 8 hrs. Even then, it's a rare morning that my eyes pop open and I'm ready to jump up and catch that proverbial worm. I'd prefer to sit there staring at it over the rim of my very strong french pressed brew for about 20 minutes first. Good morning!

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  161. I am neither. I start yawning by 8 pm and Can barely get out of bed by 8:30 am. But I am more productive in the mornings once I get going.

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  162. I am a night owl. I struggle with the same things you struggle with, without a doubt. Sometimes, I can get in the habit of falling asleep earlier and waking up early in the morning, but I always end up being an insomniac again. My schedule is on a constant "regroup", because it changes so often. Aren't night owls supposed to LIKE being up at night? Because I find that sometimes I do, but sometimes it just makes me miserable because I know I'm going to be asleep when the rest of the world is up and moving, and that the cycle will continue the next night. I like it, because I am productive at night and do the things I like to do, within my own privacy. However, when I am sleeping through the night and waking up early, I find my productiveness is so much more important (say, cleaning, bill paying, projects ...), whereas my productiveness at night is pretty much working (I work from home), catching up on my DVR, or organizing something on my computer and reading blogs/researching things.

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  163. I am a 60 year old reformed night owl ... married to a farmer ... uh, that's right. Farmers are larks ... pure and simple. I have two kids, one owl, one lark. The owl is married now and in the work force and learning to be a lark. Its painful ... as it was for me. But, after years of getting up at 6:30 to get kids off to school, etc., I eventually learned to GO TO BED. Now that I don't have to be up in the morning I have adjusted to a schedule that meets in the middle. No 6:30 mornings if I can help it but, I can't seem to sleep past 8:00 anymore ... even if I've had insomnia. The thing that worked best for me was a consistent bedtime routine ... yep, just like the experts suggest for little babies. It works for grownups as well. Good luck on your quest.

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  164. I'm not the only one, hallelujah! Just worrying about this about myself and thinking there was something wrong. I just lack the energy! I even went to bed early with all my early bird family, HOPING to get up early, but STILL couldn't get up! It takes my 4 year old to cry because she wants her mom to get up because "it's morning time". Working on this, like you. Good Luck!

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  165. I have always been an early bird. It can be a double edged sword. Because I can't sleep in, it's a problem when I have some social function that keeps me up late.

    People seem to think that just because you stayed up late, you will be able to sleep in. Not so for me.

    I really do feel that people have certain rhythyms that your body automatically gravitates to. I have one son who is an early bird and another one that drags ALL morning and then gets energized at nighttime and I've raised them both the same way.

    Like you said though, the world is mostly awake in the mornings and you feel the need to join. :) I don't have any real scientific solution but a couple of suggestions. 1. Start waking up 1/2 earlier than you normally do. Then as you get used to that, wake up 1/2 hour earlier than that time. 2. I would not hit the snooze button. Get up when it first goes off. I don't know why but I think it's a good idea. lol

    Looks like from the comments that a lot of people can relate to you.

    Cheering you on. :)

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  166. One more Night Owl checking in! Amen to all of it (except that I was a really good test taker).
    I have a flexible schedule, so I show up for work between 10 and 11:30, then work until 7 or 8. It's a ridiculous schedule, but I have no husband or children and I'm so much more focused after 4:00!
    I'm eager to hear what works for you!

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  167. Wow! We are so similar!! I'm a procrastinating night owl too! And I've always been jealous of those early birds!! It just seem much more acceptable to say "I got up early and got "x,y and z" done, than it is to say "I stayed up late and got x, y and z done". Since I was really young I've always had a hard time going to bed early (although it is easier now that I have a baby). It is just not in my nature.
    And can you believe I did the exact same procrastinating test in college and came up with the same result! I definitely do my best work with a little pressure behind it too.
    Wishing you the best in becoming an early bird!

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  168. So I am neither. Or maybe I'm both? No, I'm pretty sure I'm neither. I just love to sleep. I don't stay up very late--10:30 or 11:00. But I really don't like to get up early either. I think my ideal, that would keep my body pretty happy, would be sleeping from 10:30-7:30. Yes, that is 9 hours of sleep. That's just how I roll. But I have five kids (ages 5-12) who all have to get up and out the door in the morning. For years I have longed to be a morning person so that I could haul my carcass out of bed to exercise before getting the kids up, but this time of year, 6:30 is my limit. I honestly believe that getting up any earlier would kill me. BUT- it has gotten better over the years. It is a LONG, SLOW, HARD process. In the summer, when the sun shows its face earlier and I'm less lethargic, it is easier. I recommend starting the process then. That's what I did. A couple summers ago i started getting up early (before the kids and hubby) to go for a run or a bike ride. I felt great and kept it up all summer. When the kids started school that fall, I was already in the habit of getting up and it was that much easier. I have just tried to maintain that since then. Right now is the absolute hardest time of the year for me. If it's the same for you, just ride it out and wait for the sun. Good luck!

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  169. I swear you were writing about me! i was reading and nodding as I went along...good luck on becoming the morning bird....share some tips with this owl

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  170. I don't drink coffee for religious reasons, and I personally hate the smell of it. I like to go to bed early and sleep in. Sadly with my kids off to school in the morning I have to get up too. I think your headed in the right direction and with more practice you'll get the hang of it. I don't get my breakfast until, an hour after I get up, my body just isn't awake yet. Sometimes after my day slows down a bit I curl up on the couch and have a good nap. Keep up the good work!

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  171. This is soooo me! I am a complete night owl. I can totally relate to this and know how hard it is to switch over. I worked third shift back in college and I think my body prefers that schedule (also grew up on that schedule, dad worked third shift, so we slept when he did and stayed up at night until we had to start school). I am trying myself to break the cycle. The only advice I have is go to bed the same time and get up the same time for at least two weeks. NO matter what, then no napping! It has helped a little bit, but is still a challenge. Good luck!!!

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  172. I almost didn't leave a comment once I saw that I am the 180th person but I couldn't resist this whole quandary. I am a morning person and I tend to tick people off with my smile and energy so early in the morning. I actually tone it down until the troops are awake :) I get more done in the first few hours of the day than I do in the rest and let me tell you that by 9 I can barely keep my eyes open. You will have train your body but maybe you shouldn't fight your natural body rhythms so hard. Compromise!!!! Hugs

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  173. Gosh I was born a night owl. My mom said I would sleep forever in the mornings as a baby if she didn't wake me up. My twin brother is the same way. When I was little, I had the PM kindergarten which was a god send. In my high school years I could sleep past noon on weekends. High school is so early in the day and I would rebel on the weekend by sleeping as late as possible. Now in my adult life, I have a job that is 20 minutes away where I have to report at 8:30am. I am the only one who is regularly on time. I must work with all night-owls! How do I get up in the mornings without hitting the snooze button a million times? I set the alarm 15 minutes earlier than the minimum time I need to get ready in the AM. I sleep with the blinds open so that the sun shines in during the summer months. My cats get fed in the morning and their chorus of meows bothers me enough to roll myself out of bed. That, and I go to bed at 10pm because I have worn myself out with my over-scheduled days. And I love my sleep. I sleep 9 hours a night roughly. I get cranky with less than that!

    Other tips: no TV in the bedroom. Turn off your electronics an hour before bed. Put on pajamas and ease into going to bed an hour before you want to hit the pillow. :-)

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  174. Hey Jen!

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    To read more: http://www.vintagemauve.com/2012/01/26/random-acts-of-kindness-day/

    Thanks! I'd love for you to pledge what kind act you'll do this Valentine's Day.

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  175. So I am a morning bird....HOWEVER, there is always "better" morning birds than me. I wear my jammies to school drop off in the morning and get in the drop off line to kick my kids out of the car. There is "those" morning birds with their cute boots, tight jeans, awesome sweater, hair curled, perfect makeup.....parking their car and WALKING their child to the classroom. So you see eventhough I am a morning bird I still struggle with wanting to be a better morning bird. Are we ever just happy with who we are???LOL. I sooo want to, want to curl my hair and do my makeup before waking the kids up, but I would rather drink coffee and have quite time with God and my journal....Praying you find your type of morning bird even if it's not the perfect one :)

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  176. I find it refreshing on how honest people are. I am a night owl. Growing up we all slept in on weekends, we all fought in the mornings getting ready from school, we would come home from school and our Mother would still be in her bathrobe. My husband is a morning person and I can honestly say sleep is one of the two things we fight about. He hates that I love to sleep in and stay up late. We have two children one is like me and the other is like my husband. I want so badly to change my routine. It is one hardest things to do! I wish you the best of luck...keep us posted. Tomorrow is another day:)

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  177. I normally don't comment, but had to weigh in as I read everyone's responses. I feel the same way except I am a morning person. I feel like everyone else is a night person. At least all my friends. I wish the world WAS awake with me, and wanted to meet for breakfast or go for a walk, but no you are all still asleep under your balnkets and not wanting to get up.
    I have a night owl friend who always ribs me for being old when I want to go to bed at bedtime (normal for me early for her). I explained to her that the feeling she gets when she is in bed asleep and not wanting to get up is the same feeling I can't wait to feel when I want to go to bed.
    I think if you want to be successful in changing your mindset, behavior modification, a little bit at a time, is the best way to go.
    p.s. I am both intelligent, score well on tests, and am creative. Sometimes the internet will tell you what you want to hear.

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  178. I bought a sunrise simulator on Amazon- the one that connects to your actual lamp, so that you don't have some weird space orb looking lamp next to your bed. I set mine for 3o minutes and it makes waking up a good bit easier. It also has a sunset function when the lights get dimmer until they go out- you can set this for 15,30,45 and 1 hour. It gives your body cues for winding down.

    If I'm really on my game, I also drink a cup of chamomile tea about an hour before bed. I use lavender scented fabric softener on our sheets and as room spray, as it promotes relaxation. There are also some really good breathing exercises in the book "8 Weeks to Optimal Health". The other thing that has been helpful for me is to journal on occasion (not on the computer where I tempted to surf). That way I get what's in my head out and can relax better. Also, typically start this about an hour before bedtime.

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  179. I'm a total night owl. Obviously at 1 am I'm off doing important things like watching reruns of Friends or pinning EVERYTHING on Pinterest.

    Just like you IF (and that is a BIG if) I can get myself to the gym at 6am I truly feel MUCH better and I'm so much more productive through the day. Winter is the WORST. Its those cold mornings when you are nice and warm under your down comforter that you just want to lay in bed for FIVE MORE MINUTES.

    It's SO hard and I have yet to figure it out, but I do think that exercise is a key ingredient!

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  180. I'm also a procrastinating night owl! I love the quietness after everyone has settled down for the night. Sometimes I have to force myself to sleep. One thing that has helped me was blue light therapy. I began using it for SAD, I live in a northern climate, but it really helped me get back on track. It helps your circadian rythym. I highly recommend it...it surely doesn't hurt to try!:)I got mine from Costco. Good luck!!!

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  181. Night Owl....All the Way!!! I've tried ever since my first child started school 23 years ago to get into the early morning routine...we are on the last child with '3 1/2' more years of the Early Bird (Yuk...I might add) stuff...and I have NEVER been able to be a Happy Early Riser...I, too don't even feel 'functional' until later in the day...then when I get my wind...it doesn't die down until...well early morning hours...I go to bed every night with George Noory (Coast to Coast AM...Late Night Radio Show) if that tells you anything! It's just how my 'inner' clock functions...I've been this way ever since I was a kid...changing my schedule has just never 'worked' for me...I wish you luck! ; - )

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  182. So with you! The papers I wrote without procrastination always proved to me that procrastination was far better for me.

    DH and I have the night owl problem too, and with kiddos that get up between 5:30 and 6:30 you get grumpy sluggish parents. We still struggle because for some reason we just get deep into conversation once it's time to go to bed, and an hour and a half later we can't figure out where the time has gone.

    DH was getting so bad that he seemed to be later and later out the door to work, so he started the $500 diet with me (google it. He heard about it on the Freakonomics podcast). The deal was that he had to be up by 6 every single work day, and that he had to go running at least 2 miles 3 times a week. If he failed on any given week, he owed me his personal budget for the month (far less than $500, but he only had to pay up once!). It only worked because I wanted him to succeed.

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  183. That is me to a "T." Except I cannot sleep past 8:00 a.m. So I am a morning and a night person. I was rearranging my dining room buffet at 11:30 the other night. The night before that I was repainting my headboard for the 2nd time this week. I used to run 3-5 miles at 10 p.m. Now I do it in the morning and have felt better. I take melatonin at night about 30 minutes before I want to fall asleep. I'm a bad sleeper too. It is all natural and helps me get into that rhythm. It takes on average 21 days to make something a habit. Save sleeping in for Saturday mornings---until the little one is in soccer or some other sport that requires you to leave the house at 7:30 a.m.

    I don't drink any caffeine either.....so there is hope!!!

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  184. My husband is a night owl. Drives me nuts! I really only have two thoughts for you neither of which really have a thing to do with my husband being a night owl. Heh..

    1) When I was in college, I had a huge problem with sleep. I had fallen on ice and had a very minor concussion but it helped cause sleep problems. The doctor's suggestion was to stay up until I couldn't possibly stay awake any longer. And then get up an hour before I needed to be up. I had some lovely roommates who took turns staying awake with me. For about a week, it totally sucked. I was so tired. But it kicked my sleep back where it needed to be.

    2) There's this cool iphone app called "Sleep Cycle". It costs but not that much. I adore this app. It uses the iphone's accelerometer to sense your movements while you are asleep. Then it creates a wake-up phase based on your settings and it will wake you up when you are in the lightest possible sleep during that wake-up phase. If you are in a deep sleep during that whole phase, the alarm will go off at the end of the phase. And there are lovely alarm choices instead of the blaring beeps on regular alarm clocks.

    Good luck!

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  185. I have always been this way...exactly as you described. I always say that life would be so much easier if I didn't have to start my day by waking up and didn't have to stop what I was doing to go to bed!

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  186. I read a lot of the comments, but not all, man you really struck a cord here. Looks like I am in the minority I am a total Early Bird! Sometimes during the week, I don't always bound out of bed. Here are a few tips that help me.
    Turn on the lights, even if your still snoozing the alarm. The light will help wake you up.

    Do something you love 1st thing in the morning.

    For me on the weekends I love to wake up early and stay laying in bed reading. It sort of premotes a gradual wakeup.

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  187. This post REALLY hits home for me. I've struggled with the same issue since High School. Now I'm IN the working world - with an 8-5 job, and I am ALWAYS rushing myself in the morning. It means that I skip some of the less-essential parts of my beauty routine (moisturizing, exfoliating, etc...) but skipping these every day, and CONSTANTLY feeling like I'm running around trying to get out the door...it's exhausting - mentally and physically. The worst part is that my fiance is on a completely different work schedule than me. The earliest he has to go to work is 9:30, and that MIGHT be once a week... So I can't just turn on the lights and drag myself out of bed. I have to be quiet, and leave the place dark. It just makes it so much more tempting to stay curled up with my pillows and heating blanket.

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  188. Ahh, I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one!!! I do all my blogging at night time mostly. My new years resolution wasn't to loose weight, it was to get to bed earlier. Well I was doing just that & my blogging has been suffering. I really struggle with getting to bed early because for some reason once 10pm hits I get my second wind and start doing stuff! Growing up I was up at 5am to go Figure skating...what a struggle that was. I love being up early and getting stuff done...but it rarely ever happens because I've been up the night before getting stuff done. lol. One of my daughters is in school and must be there for 9am so that has made my sleeping in non-existent, so that has pushed me to get things done now earlier. If there wasn't that I know I would stay in bed everyday, to catch up on sleep from the night before, blogging or painting furniture etc. ;)

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  189. I could have written this post myself! I'm such a night owl and honestly wish I was more of a morning person. I'm just not in the zone until the evening hours and have always said that I can accomplish more between 11pm and 3am than I can ALL day long. Thanks for making me feel "normal". :) Following a bedtime is a part of my 2012 resolutions. Good luck!

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  190. OMG! I feel the same way, I go to sleep around 1:00 AM and only because I say to myself "I should be in bed". If I did not have my three boys and a full-time job I would never go before 3:00 AM. I have tried going to bed earlier but I can't fall asleep for hours.
    I too wish to be more of a "morning" person :(

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  191. I used to be a morning and night person. Sometimes I wonder how in the world I did it–up at 4:20 am getting ready for work so I could take the kids to an early morning church class at 6 then take them to school and go directly to work by 7:30. I'd get off at 2:30, take a power nap before heading into the evening activities and would read or watch TV until midnight. Now that I'm older I'm going to bed by 10 but I'm still getting up at the same hour. I've exercised in the evenings but too late will cause you to stay up later trying to come down. Maybe you need one of those clocks that rolls on the floor when the alarm goes off so you need to get up and try to catch it. To me if you start the day late you'll miss a good portion of the midday and evening working or whatever you do. I'd rather have some of "my" time then. Good luck in changing things up!

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  192. I've always been a night owl AND a morning person. Totally weird, but I love staying up late and I love waking up early. It was total choas on my body, though, so I decided to become just a morning person. It was SO hard - once I got a good night's sleep it's like I couldn't make myself get up out of bed. I did a lot of research and these are the biggest tips that have helped me personally:

    1. Set a wind-down time. At 8:30 I stop whatever I'm doing and go into my "night-time" routine.
    2. Set up a night-time routine. I turn off most of the lights in the house, climb in my pj's, light a candle or two and pick up the house.
    3. Go to bed at the same time every time no matter what. Pick a time and stick with it.
    4. When your alarm goes off, get up. Sounds pretty lame, but seriously, don't let yourself even think about it. Get up, go straight to the bathroom, and get in the shower before you even realize what you're doing.

    Good luck with it all! You can do it!

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  193. Some of us Night Owl's really don't want to 'change'...I like being a Night Owl...it's the way my Body Clock runs...I think schools should start later...or have '2' shifts...the Early Bird Shift and the Night Owl Shift...it's a bear getting a Teenager up at o'Dark~Thirty!; - 0

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  194. I am in the exact same boat (except I don't blog - - yet).
    I can't wait to hear what other people say, maybe someone has a great idea that I haven't tried yet!
    Good luck to you!

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  195. I was a night owl but over the last year have become an early bed. I had no choice - I have to be up by 6 to be out the door by 6:45 and at work at 7:30. At least I get to leave work at 4. Any way, what has worked for me is not sleeping in on weekends past 8 and being in my bedroom a 1/2 hr from when I want to be asleep. No TV, no music. All I allow myself is a magazine to read - that way I can't get lost in a plot. I then turn the light out at bed time. I also usually take a warm shower or bath before crawling under the sheets. Hope this helps! PS - I am not a coffee person either. Can't stand the taste - even with a ton of sugar and masking flavors. I do have a nasty Diet Pepsi in the AM addiction.

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  196. This is me! So glad I'm not the only one. Yesterday we had a play date at 1030 - my little guy and I were still eating breakfast and in our pajamas when they arrived. Thank goodness the other mama is one of my very best friends and doesn't judge me too harshly for that kind of nonsense!

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  197. I'm totally a lark. Always have been. In architecture school where the culture is to stay in the studio until the wee hours, I was up at 6am, at the gym and in the studio at 8am. I hope I still had some creativity then:)

    Now that I have kids, they are also morning people, so we need to use the Tot Clock (best invention ever). It turns yellow at your designated awake time, which for us is 6am. So my 4.5 year old just stays in bed waiting for the color to change!

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  198. You just described me to a T! My kids are in middle school and the last 8 years have been torture in the mornings. Fortunately my husband is a big help in this area, but I just can't seem to change my habits. I still do get up early most every morning but I'm absolutely dragging until 9 or 10am. Come 10pm though I'm wide awake and ready to hit the gym, paint a room, write a book, remodel the bathroom, practically anything. Best of luck to you on your mission to change. If you come up with any tips that work for you, please share!!!

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  199. Totally a night owl and I fight it constantly. Mornings are hard so I try to do stuff in the evenings to help myself, like sort kids backpacks for school and make the lunchboxes. Good luck with trying to change I'd love to know if its actually possible.

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