Are you a night owl or early bird? It matters...morning people's strength tends to remain constant throughout the day, but night owls have peak performance in the evening

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    Jul 09, 2009 10:15 AM GMT
    Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength

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    Sometimes night owls are mislabeled as having insomnia

    It's very difficult for a night owl to become a morning person

    The part of the brain called the hypothalamus contains the body's "clock"

    Even single-celled organisms do different tasks at different times of the day


    "...evening people show increased motor cortex and spinal cord excitability in the evening, about 9 p.m., meaning they had maximal central nervous system drive at that time, Lagerquist said."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/09/night.owl.morning/index.html

    Personally, I dont like working out in the morning. Late afternoon seems the best time for me.
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    Jul 09, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    I'm a vampire at night icon_twisted.gif
  • ASUbusy

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    Jul 09, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    Im a total night owl myself.
  • kinetic

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    Jul 09, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Funny I saw this on FB today too.
    I am mos def a night owl, but out of default. I'm working at a club right now..
    Hopefully I'll be going back to temp work (graphic and web stuff) within the next month. I'm tired of feeling like a vampire and i want my weekends back!
    I do notice that I have the most energy from about 6pm -midnight though.
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Leave me alone and my body naturally switches to about 10 AM to 2 AM.
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    10 AM to 2 AM is my body's natural cycle as well .... or sometimes even 11 AM to 3 AM. Kind of sucks trying to live in a morning person's world. I make it through okay, though.
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    Night owl, morning zombie, have been all my life.
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    it depends on when i go to bed. i sleep 7-8 hours in one chunk, and do not generally nap well. ergo, if i go to bed at 10 pm, i wake between 5-6 am. but i generally go to bed at 2-4 am, so i generally wake between 9 am - noon.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jul 09, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Night owl... I'd be interested in finding out if being born in the morning vs. the night affects one being morning person vs. night.

    I wish I could start work at like noon and go till 7... that would be beautiful. Let's change the school system!
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    I'm a total night owl. My whole family was growing up. Mornings looked like "Night of the Living Dead" at my house.
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    Jul 09, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Absolutely a morning person. I wake naturally anywhere between 430-6 AM and start the day. Of course, this means I am wiped out by 10PM.
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    Jul 09, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    ASUbusy saidIm a total night owl myself.


    same here. hard to fall asleep before 2am.
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    Jul 09, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Both, i think i have insomnia or something. I really cant sleep more than five hours. Bed at 3 up by 8:30.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 09, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    I'm sort of both...usually asleep by 1230am but awake by 7:30am
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    Jul 09, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    I'm a night man.
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm sort of both...usually asleep by 1230am but awake by 7:30am


    Same... but it's usually 1 am- 7:30 am for me to sleep.
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    HotToddy said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm sort of both...usually asleep by 1230am but awake by 7:30am


    Same... but it's usually 1 am- 7:30 am for me to sleep.
    Almost the same here, usually midnight asleep and up just before 6 AM. Anything earlier and I'm up awake at 4 AM. In the process of trying sleeping aids because I think I'm not getting enough good quality sleep.
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    I'm most certainly not a morning person, just ask my co-workers. But not much of a night person either. Is there such thing as an afternoon person?
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    Early bird here and it can be painfully annoying.
    Whenever I travel with friends, I always have to get my own room so I don't worry about waking them so early. Even if I stay up until 3, I always wake up by 630 am , ready to go. I wish I could sleep in, but it's physically impossible for me.

    I haven't used an alarm clock since jr high and If I need to be up at 4 am, I will just naturally do it.
  • NorCalJD

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    Jul 09, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    I'm exactly the same as mnjock. In fact, my inner alarm clock is even more reliable than the electronic or battery-powered version. Leave me alone with no other considerations and my body wants to go to sleep about 10 p.m. and awaken at about 6 a.m. I've always been that way, even through high school and college.
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidEarly bird here and it can be painfully annoying.
    Whenever I travel with friends, I always have to get my own room so I don't worry about waking them so early. Even if I stay up until 3, I always wake up by 630 am , ready to go. I wish I could sleep in, but it's physically impossible for me.

    I haven't used an alarm clock since jr high and If I need to be up at 4 am, I will just naturally do it.


    Exactly how I am.. I am awake by 7 regardless of how late i was out last night... and i hate sleeping in too.. i feel like i waste my day!
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    Jul 09, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm sort of both...usually asleep by 1230am but awake by 7:30am



    it just depends on how late i keep him up on any given night icon_twisted.gif
  • bchbum

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    Jul 09, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    Total early bird here. Guess thats why I did quite well in the military. Suns up, I'm up. Which really sucks when I go places with friends. I always have to try and be real quiet when I leave so I don't wake anyone.
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    Jul 09, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    The things that energize me are (1) sunlight, (2) conversation, and (3) dancing. If any of those are occurring, I'm up and chipper. If a conversation goes towards 2:00am but I sleep with an eastern window open for the sun, I'm getting up at daybreak. Knowing this, if it gets super late because of conversation or dancing, I'll shut the blinds and get an eye mask to block the sun. If I want to get to sleep early I need to stop chatting with roommates/friends/whoever at least an hour before I crash. That's what I've learned about myself and my own internal clock.

    I enjoy the small hours, whether I am waking up at 4:00am or up talking until 4:00am. Though I do try to make sure those nights don't flip consecutively.
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    Jul 09, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    I'm a morning person. Start feeling sleep around 10.30pm and In bed by 11pm, wake at 6.30-6.45am. I used to go to the gym in the morning though not at the moment.