June 01, 2018
Are you sluggish and grouchy in the morning or do you wake up ready to burst into song in the shower?
Well, I’m definitely the former. It may have something to do with not getting enough sleep at night and then intensely disliking bursts of early morning sunshine and wanting to murder the alarm on my phone. But on the odd days when I do get about seven or eight hours of nighttime sleep, I neverthleless find myself dozing off in the morning in between hitting multiple snooze alarms and drowning myself in black coffee.
It’s not the best way to wake up.
Our sleep cycles are crucial not just for our productivity but for our physical and mental wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can affect everything in your life, from elevating your stress levels to altering your decision making skills.
True enough, I do get some of my best ideas at night and when you’re in a creative industry, you rely on moments like these. However, I find myself becoming a miserable zombie if I’m not perpetually caffeinated, and then jittery in between.
Don’t get me wrong, I do work all day, but it involves a great deal of coffee—often up to six cups a day—just to get me going. And a catnap, if I’m lucky.
So I decided to put an end to it and become a bonafide morning person and wow—I got so much more work done! It was more the practical kind of efficiency that being an early bird helps with, deadlines and organizing and coordinating. I still got my most creative and innovative ideas at night when I was trying to fall asleep. It’s like my body gets tired but my mind is still on a marathon and is taunting you by refusing to shut off.
So here’s how I went from being a night owl to an early bird, and you can too:
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