Are you a night owl?

United States
January 15, 2010 12:23pm CST
I know that I am definitely a night owl. I stay up with my boyfriend until sometimes 7a.m. I work nights and find it easier to stay up at night and sleep in the daytime when no one is home. How about you? Is there a reason why you have to stay up or go to sleep early? For my boyfriend, he has sleep apnea and that makes it very very hard for him to get quality sleep, so it is just more of a reason for me to stay up.
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
15 Jan 10
Well, I just need a little time to sleep. I don't have so much to do on the day, so I can sleep all day if I want to. But if I have things to do, I can hold it until the night comes. But I also sleep really late, and i know that it is not good for my health. I really think you have to stop this kind of habit too. You know, I have been trying to fix my body clock so that I can sleep and wake up in a proper time, because I heard that being a night owl would lead you to a liver cancer. At night, your body would cleanse up the toxic from the whole day activity, and the cleansing up would only happen when you're sleeping.
• United States
15 Jan 10
I try to get out of the habit also. I know it is not very healthy but it works for my lifestyle at the moment. [famous last words I guess] As for liver cancer.. have not heard that one yet? I do not really understand because if your body can only break down the toxins while you sleep, I usually get 6-10 hours of sleep so why cant it break the toxins down? Because Im sleeping and it's sunny out? I will surely do more research on this fact so I can make sure I am not harming myself too badly. Thanks for responding to my discussion!
@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
15 Jan 10
Hmm.. you're right and it makes sense. I suppose as long as you have enough sleep you would be okay. The problem is that I don't have enough sleep and I don't feel sleepy at all. No, I am not insomniac but I just don't feel sleepy. You're welcome. Interesting discussion, by the way.
• United States
17 Jan 10
Maybe talking to a doctor would help. You might have sleep apnea...
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I'm a night owl from the get go...Was born at 2am. My brain just seems to be sharper and my mood better at night. I have my own business so I can work the hours that are best for me. Tho often I do need to be up and about during the day, then I need to make sure that I am ready and in bed for sleep before 11pm else my 2nd wind kicks in and I'm up easily til 2 or 3 am. I get alot more done by working with my body's natural cycle than fighting it. I used to work at an er and I'd happily take 3rd shift or do a 12 hour one as long as it was the overnight. Does your boyfriend use a machine to help him with his breathing so he can get better rest? I know some folks find it makes a huge difference.
• United States
17 Jan 10
My brain tends to function [as well as my body] better at night. I am so lazy in the day time. I think I am going to talk to him about getting a breathing machine. He has asthma and always has chest pains and such so that could be the source of his sleeping problems.
• United States
18 Jan 10
Hi ya, it does sure sound like his asthma is not well controlled especially if he is having chest pains. Not sure if he has insurance or not, but if he does, you need to bug the heck out of him and get him to a doctor asap. He shouldn't have to suffer thru this without some help and neither should you! My beloved has asthma and has since childhood and nighttime can be a rough time especially with the pollen season. He might need to simply make some changes to his medicine or if not taking any, start! None of us like to take meds but sometimes it's just plain necessary. I hope things improve for both of you. A lack of good sleep can take it's toll, I know that for sure!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I definitely seem to function better at night. My vision in the dark is excellent as well, daylight hurts.
• United States
17 Jan 10
DEFINITELY.. I have come to find that my eyes get really sore during the daytime, especially in summertime and at the beach. I have trouble going outside when I first wake up without sunglasses on.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
18 Jan 10
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@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I can't stay up late anymore, when I was younger I would stay up all night and sleep most of the day. When I got older and got a day job I had to go to bed at a normal time. I get up early during the week to exercise, and on the weekends I sleep in. Now if I'm up till 1 am. it is late! I always liked the night time better than the day, but I just can't stay up anymore. I guess that's one of the things about getting old!
• United States
17 Jan 10
There is nothing wrong with going to bed early. I like going to bed and waking up early so I do not feel like I wasted the whole day. The only good thing about it is when Im real excited about something like payday, it seems to come faster because the whole day is gone from me sleeping.
• United States
18 Jan 10
It seems no matter how early I go to bed, I still want to sleep in the mornings. I am up now because my furnace isn't working and I have a space heater on and am waiting for the house to warm up. I am afraid to leave it on all night while I am asleep so I want it to be as warm as possible before I turn it off. I don't think I can last much longer though, cold or not.
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
16 Jan 10
WOw, you are good with that. I can't do it cuz I have children and they always sleep during the night time. sometimes I stay up late but not over night. I used to when I was going to school. I can say, I am the early bird :)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I know I would have to be an early bird if I had children. I am only 19 with no babies, so I am able to sleep in. My friends that have children are early birds now, whereas they used to be the ones to sleep in later than me :)
• United States
16 Jan 10
yeah i like to stay up pretty late. were not here forever so i want to enjoy all the time i have
• United States
17 Jan 10
That is a good way of putting it. PARTY ON!! =D
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
16 Jan 10
No, Im not a night person. I function far better in the morning. Often I have a burst of energy around tea time and after when we have daylight saving. I am quite flat in the afternoons. I need to go to bed around 10 ish. It depends on how early I need to get up the next day. If my daughter has early morning swimming training, I get up at 4am, and I really need to go to be at 9pm. Regarding your boyfriends sleep apnea... there is excellent treatment. It is called a CPap machine. I use one.
• United States
17 Jan 10
Hmm.. I will definitely have to look into one. He needs something because he is the worst about falling to sleep and he hates it. Thanks for the advice!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 10
I would be a night owl if I didn't have to get up in the morning.
• United States
17 Jan 10
I hate being a night owl because I am asleep when the world is awake, but I pretty much have to for my job.
• Canada
24 Jun 10
hey owl buddy ..... i have the same case, i enjoy doing stuff at night, it just adds more excitement to the whole scene ..... and i luv oversleeping during the day, nobody bugs you and you have the whole place to yourself
• Pakistan
20 May 10
well i feel complete silence at night which i can't find in day. So i prefer to use Internet and watch TV at night.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
9 May 10
I am most definetly a night owl, always awake at nights. This may have something to do with me being a terrible sleeper. I just cannot get myself into a routine of going to bed at a certain time of day and then rising at a certain time in the morning. I used to work at nights all the time which may have something to do with this, I just feel more active at night. It does not matter if the nights are light during the summer or if they are dark during the winter. Not everyone is the same , I'm sure alot of myLotters just love sleeping at night.
• India
20 Mar 10
Hello thanks for sharing this with us here, i have a very much routined life style, i sleep at 10pm sharp and get up at 5am, it has been a habit with me for years, i don't have any sleeping problem. sleep like a log Happy posting, cheers Bhuwan
• Elkin, North Carolina
24 Jan 10
I am definitely a night owl as well! That can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. I am married and have a son and sometimes it is hard to get a lot of stuff done while he is awake, so I spend time with him and my wife and then after they go to bed, I stay up and do the work I need to do. I guess I got in the habit of staying up a lot when I started back to school in 2007. I have since finished my Bachelor's and Master's degree and am working on my MBA now so there is plenty of work to do...and not too much time to do it. There are many nights that I don't go to bed until 4 or 5am and have to get up and be at work at 8am during the week. I love the weekends when I get the chance to sleep in some.
• United States
21 Jan 10
I definitely am a night owl. I love the night life, and always will. But I also like the light. Haha. But I also suffer from sleep apnea. And I definitely am the same. I'm up until at least 5am every night, regardless if I have to wake up at 7am or if I have been up since 7am the previous day. It's really perplexing. But I'm lucky enough to have some serious energy during the day and the sleep deprivation hardly phases me. :D
• India
21 Jan 10
Good Morning!! No i am not Night Owl I like to sleep on time. As a early risers . I have to sleep on time. I do not have any reason to stay up. Have a nice day
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I am very much a night owl. I've always been a late bodied person, but this became even more a part of my life several years ago when I was hired to work third shift as a nursing assistant at one of the local hospitals. I haven't been working there for five years now, but I've still never been able to get my biological cycles back to normal and I am typically up until later than 2 o'clock in the morning. I'd love to be able to work myself back to 1 o'clock and I know that the time will eventually come.
• United States
16 Jan 10
I'm definitely a night owl and I work during the day. I hate it but I just have to deal with it. It's taken a lot to try and get used to working during the day at the same time when I've always so used to staying up late, sleeping late and then going to class. I'm not used to working all day. It's still hard but I hope I get used to it soon.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
16 Jan 10
not no more. it gets around 11 or midnight i am ready for bed, but when i worked at nights then i could too.
• China
16 Jan 10
i used to be a night owl. Staying up a whole night doing the things i like. i enjoyed it. But now, i've got to work in the daytime. i find it impossible to get focused and stay awake if i don't get a night's sleep though i tried it many times. And i believe that really affects my health and working efficiency. Anyway, i am willing to be a night owl again if there's no need for me to worry about my job.
@mharje (15)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
i used to sleep so late coz of my work and it makes me feel so weak and stressed.cant get enough sleep at day coz have two kids