Though I’m not anymore, I used to be a night owl. I would stay up to all hours of the night, even when I had to work a job the next day.
I thought staying up late was making me more productive. I figured that the nighttime was when I did my best work, and I just went with it.
But after turning into an early bird, I know how wrong that assumption was.
Here are the six worst things about being a night owl:
Your mornings will always start early
If I ever needed to get up early for any reason (to catch a flight, go to an interview, etc), the mornings always came dreadfully early.
I was tired throughout the day and just not myself. And, having to get up early happened quite often!
You’ll be less healthy, overall
I was about 50 pounds overweight when I was a night owl.
Apparently, there is science behind this. “Having night-owl tendencies may come with serious health effects,” wrote the University of Southern California medical school.
“Recent studies have discovered that, regardless of their lifestyle, people who stay up late had both higher levels of body fat and an increased risk of developing other health problems, such as diabetes and low muscle mass, than did early birds.”
You’ll get less sleep
There is no doubt about it, my sleep suffered.
When I stayed up late, I got less sleep even if I didn’t have to get up super early the next morning. Once the sun came up, I never slept as well. After going to bed so late, I never got enough quality sleep hours to feel refreshed, as I do now.
You’ll feel constantly irritable
Probably associated with the lack of quality sleep, I routinely felt irritable when I stayed up super late at night.
And, it affected both my social as well as my professional life. I did not like the person I was when I was a night owl.
Your schedule will never match anyone else’s
My entire day was shifted much later, which meant that it was tougher to organize and plan things to do with other people, especially in the morning.
Again, this made it much tougher for me to manage my social life.
You’ll mess up your Circadian rhythms
Your Circadian rhythm is how your body naturally adjusts to your sleep/awake rhythm based on the rotation of the earth (ie: every 24-hours).
Getting up early after staying up late harmed that rhythm, and my overall sleep inconsistency was tough for my body to manage naturally.
In closing, while some people perform well at night, I am not one of those people.
Even when I thought that I did, I realize now that my work suffered. My social life suffered. And, my overall health suffered. Waking up early changed my life and fixed a lot of the things that my night owl tendencies caused.
It improved quality sleep, boosted my social life, and made me a much more pleasant person to be around.