How do you feel each morning? Wide awake or bleary eyed until eleven o’clock?
I know many people who make the claim, as they stumble around in a morning, that ‘they are not a morning person’, some even say, “I don’t do mornings!”
Why are some people ‘morning people’ and others ‘night owls’?
There are many theories and some point out that each of us has a different biological clock. Some scientists say that it is part of our DNA. It’s probably though, in many cases due to our modern lifestyles. Since the invention of electric lighting, television and the Internet we can stay active all through the night if we wish.
The industrial revolution created a work environment where people needed to be in a certain place (often a factory or office) for a certain length of time. Today this is still the case for many people. Our lives, including sleep revolve around employment and with so many other things to do or entertain us in our leisure time our internal clocks can get messed up.
The majority of us spend little time in daylight compared to artificial light which also must have an effect on us. If you find that mornings are difficult times, is there anything you can do to improve the way you feel? Probably a key to becoming a morning person is getting to sleep early enough and at a regular time. Experts agree that regularity of sleep is key to good health. Going to bed and getting up at the same times each day do work to help us get the best from our sleep. It’s a known fact that night shift workers can suffer problems created by having to cope with change in their sleep pattern. Here is some information from The National Sleep Foundation on these effects.
Of course, being a non-morning person, doesn’t really matter if you can achieve what you need to do during the rest of the day or evening.
Are you a morning person?
What about you? Are you a morning person? How does your morning mood affect you and your ability to function in your daily life? Please leave a comment in the box below.