It is evident to most of us that we’re either a morning person or a night person. Over time, common terms began to describe such behaviors in people. Night owls and morning birds, also known morning larks.
The difference is more than a choice for the individual. It has to deal with a person’s chronotype; which is a person’s natural desire to sleep and stay awake at certain times of the day.
It’s not hard to self-identify as a lark or an owl; however, it might be hard to change your sleep schedule—it’s mostly ingrained. To become an owl or a lark, you need to condition yourself and adhere to a sleep schedule.
However, this is not recommended for people that have full-time jobs or go to school because this conditioning can cause sleep deprivation which is detrimental to an individual’s health.
Morning birds, which are also called morning larks are early risers who are typically up at dawn.
Larks are most active during the morning hours and usually lose energy by the afternoon. Sometimes, larks will nap during the day and be in bed by 9:00 p.m.
Throughout an individual’s life, they will usually become a morning person due to their need of R.E.M. (rapid–eye movement) sleep or deep sleep. Due to not needing as much deep sleep as we get older, some individuals become larks later on in life.
Best jobs for morning larks
- Mail carrier
- Newspaper carrier
- Morning news producer/broadcaster
- Morning DJ
- Pilot and flight attendant
- Garbage/recycling collector
People who are most active during the evening are considered night owls. Obviously, due to an owl’s nocturnal nature, we associate people who are up late into the evening as night owls.
Night owls are most active during the mid–afternoon and stay up long into the night before retiring to bed.
In a sleep study poll, 37 percent of males and 44 percent of females that were polled were identified as night owls.
Research also showed that younger members of the study, aged 18 to 29, were most likely to identify as night owls
Best jobs for night owls
- Casino dealer/worker
- Security guard
- Baby sitter
- Mail sorter
- Freelance writer/editor
- Food delivery driver
- Gas station worker
- 24 hour store clerk
- Highway toll booth attendant
Five tips for getting out of bed:
- Don’t hit snooze
- Place your alarm at the opposite end of your room
- Have a large glass of water
- Set your coffee (if you drink it) to brew once you get up
- Open your blinds