Are you a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

Do you care about being a Night Owl or an Early Bird? Writing more content about productivity made me ponder on what particular time I am the most productive. Having given a chance of time flexibility on my freelancing career now allowed me to be in charge of what particular time of the day should I work.

Meanwhile, I become flexible depending on the client’s deadline: one day I can be your daylight hummingbird, then the other day transforming as the night owl from Hogwarts. However, I am still curious if it does really matter. How about other people who are in solid 9-5 jobs or people working in night shifts? Can they actually choose one side only?

According to Masterclass, Matthew Walker explains about sleep patterns and how we function during the day and night are determined by our chronotype – whether we can be a night owl or early bird. Knowing what chronotype you are in will help you be productive and live the best of your life.

Night Owls

The people who consider themselves night owls thrive during the evening and midnight dark. They struggle to wake up early that even multiple alarms are not effective for them to be present at breakfast time. They are considered more creative because as they say, ideas shine brighter πŸ’‘ at night. Since most are sleeping, the silence and coolness of the environment suit best for focus and concentration. However, night owls usually suffer from health risk issues because of lack of sunlight exposure and physical exercise.

Early Bird

Early Birds are also known as morning larks or daylight hawks. People who love to rise and shine in the daylight works at their best productive mode in the morning. They even plan their best morning routine to maintain their productivity and focus crashing all the tasks in the day. The normal day job suits well to our team early birds. One more advantage is they have a lower risk of being depressed and obese. The only thing they would struggle with is the need for a pull all-nighter grind to accomplish a due-time project.

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From My Standpoint

Based on my personal experience, I was this nocturnal college girl who grinds restlessly in accomplishing tasks because I study and work in the mornings. Those years in the university made me love coffee the first time because it saves my day. However, I realized that it is not healthy as it affects my sleeping habits. There was a point in my life that I had major mental distress so as I reflect now, probably being an insomniac contributes to that event.

As a part of the healing process, I was asked to stop drinking coffee and surfing the net for 2 years in order to take effect the healing process and medications. Coming back to a normal state, taking an initiative to establish a self-care routine includes having complete sleep and slow morning practice is my priority. Most likely, it is the reason why I have become and prefer to be completely a morning person now. I refer to myself as a Daylight Phoenix, a morning hustler who has risen from the ashes of the past. πŸ¦…

In conclusion, learning your chronotype is essential to determine your work productivity and caring for your overall health. You may be forced to be on the night shift or wake up early for a day job but still, it is up to you to know what is the best for you to accept. Always keep life in balance.

Do you prefer to be an early bird or night owl? Share your thoughts about it!

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  1. I do not think I can say I am either an early bird or a night owl, but I lean more toward waking up early and enjoying the morning as opposed to feeling energized by the dark. Love that you share your own thoughts on how both styles weave into your life! πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Jaya! 😊 Yes, there is a greater benefit of waking up early. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. This is such an interesting post! I love the idea of the Daylight Phoenix – I personally think I’m somehow both, I seem to be productive at all times unless it’s the afternoon! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Hey Ceri! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ’œ Hahaha! Yes, the idea of being a Daylight Phoenix came out when I am writing this topic. Indeed, I am one. Good thing you can be productive to both.

  3. This is so interesting! I’m definitely an early bird as I like waking up early and seeing the morning through but I also love to work in the evenings xx

    1. Hello Della! πŸ’œ So true, being early makes us appreciate more the beauty of mornings. Yes, it is also cool to work in the evenings.

  4. For a few there I was more of an early bird but the past week it’s shifted and I’m a night owl again! Since my teens I have always enjoyed working at night more and I get most of my creative ideas then. This was such an interesting read, thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Jordanne! πŸ’œ Agree, working at night at some point brings a more creative experience too. hehe. Thanks for sharing~

  5. I used to think I was a night owl but I’ve been getting into earlier mornings recently πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Eleanor! πŸ’– Yes, there are times we think the other way around. haha
      Thanks for your comment!

  6. Oddly, I think I am both, haha! I equally enjoy getting up early to start my day as I do staying up late working — which I frequently do. I can fluctuate in cycles of how I do it but I definitely fit into both categories. I wasn’t always like this, when I was younger (in my 20s) I was just a morning person so it’s interesting how it has shifted. Thanks for the info you included here — very interesting!

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing Molly! πŸ’–
      hahaha, so true – we never know what can we be the next time. It is an interesting topic.

  7. I’m actually a little bit of both! I love getting up early to start my day off well but I’m also definitely most productive at night so I guess I’m an early owl to coin a new phrase!!

    1. Hahaha! I like the early owl. πŸ’–
      Thanks for sharing that Alice.

  8. Abigail says:

    Right now I am a night owl. Everything is more exciting at night. But I want to be an early riser, mainly so I can exercise and set the mood for the day. 😊

    1. Hey there Abigail!πŸ’– you can try to be an early riser though you need a smooth transition from being a night owl. You can do it!

  9. I am definitely a night owl, and I do find it easier to concentrate when the house is quiet, and everyone is in bed, obviously, the downside is I tend to sleep quite long into the morning. But, luckily my schedule fits well with this.

    1. Hi madame Lou, yup. Our chronotype depends also on the situation we are in the house. Thanks for sharing your side about it. x

  10. I like to be an early bird, even though I struggle to keep up in the morning. I think some people are more productive waking up early in the morning and also sleeping late at night. Great post. Thanks.

    1. Hi there Alicia! so true, your chronotype really depends on each person.😊

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