I read Dan Pink’s book “When” earlier this month. (It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it!) He linked to the Automated Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire, which gave me advice about my circadian rhythm type.
I’ve written in the past about how I used to be able to wake up super early – I had early morning track meets (high school), hockey practice (college/first job), and from 7 AM to 4 AM (latter part of my first job) – until grad school came along. Since then, I’ve struggled to become a morning person again.
I’ve made strides in sleeping and getting up earlier but I have a way to go, still! Anyway, whilst reading the book, it made me ask myself: Why do I insist on getting up earlier? What if I’m really a night owl? Am I just caught up in the romanticism of being a morning person?
Anyway, I took the test and apparently my natural bedtime is at 11:15 PM. Count 8 hours from that, and I’m assuming my natural wake-up time is at 7:15 AM. (I may have to re-take the test cos I took it in a rush, but I’m still taking it as a sign that I’m more of a morningish person.) I’m not surprised. More of relieved, I guess. It was one of those “I knew it all along” moments.
The truth is, I do like waking up early in the morning. I like feeling like I’ve made the most out of the sunshine during the day (even more critical that it’s nearly winter and it gets dark relatively early). I like being able to be comfortably seated in the train without all the people crammed into the carriage like a tin of sardines. I like walking through the streets when it’s quiet, sleepy. And I like being able to leave work when it’s still light out, and catch the last rays of sunlight on my train ride home.
Besides the perks of commuting in less busy hours, I do feel more alive in the mornings. When S and I have breakfast dates in the city it’s at 7 AM — which means I have to get up at 5:45 AM at the latest. You’d assume that I’d be sleepy and groggy the rest of the day, but I’m actually fine. I feel more awake at 8 AM if I’ve had an early start.
It’s just so hard to stick to a proper nighttime schedule! I end up doing all these little things and before I know it, I’m waaaay past the time I wanted to sleep. I really should be more focused with my time. The next few weeks, I’m definitely going to put more effort into making sure my nighttime routine is solid. I’m usually pretty productive (and good!) during the day, but when it’s time to rewind… I waste too much time on the wrong things.
In summary – 11:15 bedtime: here I come!