Transitioning From A Night Owl to An Early Bird!

At the ripe age of 30, I have successfully transitioned from my vampire days to greet the hummingbirds at their morning yawn.

Until I was 27, I was a night owl, staying up until 3AM almost every night and wondering why I was so hungry at 10pm.  Silly girl.  I loved being awake when no one else was, I felt like I had the world at my fingertips, sometimes heading to the grocery store around midnight.

Writing at 1am became my nightly routine.  And then I met someone.  Someone who woke up @ 5am.  My nightly sessions of staying up, playing music and making desserts were becoming a thing of the past.  This someone couldn’t even fathom staying awake that long, it didn’t bother him though.  He fell asleep around 10pm and I tried to stay quiet while I read magazines and pretended to watch the movie he started for me.

The transition was slow.  Instead of 3am, I went to bed at 2am and so on, until I was falling asleep around 10:30!  I never thought I’d be an early bird, I lived for the night!  Now I can’t imagine staying up past 11pm.  There are those nights when he is gone at work and I find myself getting sucked into watching the shows I’ve DVR’d until 11:15, dragging myself to sleep and then just laying there…I missed the window of perfect sleeping time.  Between 10-10:30, after that, the REM sleep is disturbed.  So tired, but the mind says, “hee hee hee, you stayed up too late, you fool!”

Are you in a transition?  This will help:

  1. Start slow.  Try falling asleep 30 minutes earlier than the night before.  Try it a couple times a week and slowly progress until you’ve reached your desired bedtime.
  2. Don’t eat sugar late at night.  Don’t drink it either.  Your mind will have no problem keeping you awake.  Sugar = not a good sleep, same with caffeine.  Your body changes as you get older, so sugar and caffeine might not have bothered you before, but times are a changin’.  Knock it off.
  3. Read before bed.  Or take a long, hot shower/bath.  Anything relaxing will help.  What won’t help is staring at the computer, playing video games or watching a stress inducing TV show with lots of drama.

The early bird really does get the worm.  I never understood, but now I do.  If I don’t work out in the morning, it’s usually not happening.  This is coming from someone who used to work out at 8PM almost every night of the week for a long ass time.  The transition is possible.  Start small.  You got this.

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