A Night Owl Trying To Reform (Slightly)

In response to the Daily Post prompt Because The Night:

Let me put it right out there. I hate mornings. Or more specifically, early mornings. I swear, if I didn’t have to go out here and hustle for a paycheck at my government job, I wouldn’t wake up before nine A.M. Why? Because, for as long as I can remember, I have been a night owl. Most nights, I won’t even think of going to bed until after eleven P.M. There have been nights where I’ve gone beyond that-midnight or later, even when I have to work the next day.

I think this habit was borne out of watching sporting events. Even when I was younger, I can remember staying up late to watch games-especially Monday Night Football. And even now, with more and more sports in prime time or starting later in the evening, it is nothing for games to end well after eleven at night. Even some nights, I’ll stay up and watch the late news. This of course, can find me only getting five or six hours of rest before I head back out for the next day and a five-thirty A.M. wakeup call. And on weekends, it’s nothing to be up well past two or three in the morning.

But this habit has to change for two reasons. One, I’m getting older now, and it’s hard to keep up that kind of pace. Many is the day when I am regretting being up so late when I feel like I need an afternoon nap. Or it becomes difficult to keep my eyes open at the unbelievable hour of ten in the morning (not every day, but some days). The second, and most important, is for my health. I have been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea, which meant that I would stop breathing occasionally during the night. Not good. So now, I am trying to eat healthier and get more rest with a CPAP machine. And though I have taken a break from the machine for the moment, once I get some new supplies I’ll be back on it.

But, be warned. College basketball and the NBA have started, which means lots of games that will end past the magic hour of eleven at night. And of course, I will try to watch as much of it as I can. I love sports, after all. But the light will go on at about 10:30 to tell me that maybe that game isn’t really that important-certainly not as important as getting a good night’s sleep. After all, when I groggily wake up when the alarm goes off, I can always check my ESPN app on the smartphone to see who won or lost.

So, are you a morning person, or a night owl? Have your say in the comments.


13 Replies to “A Night Owl Trying To Reform (Slightly)”

  1. I’m a night person too. I’ve been going to bed a lot earlier now, around 10 on weeknights and 11 or midnight on weekends. I can’t sleep sometimes so I’ll stay up. I need to cut out caffeine more! Are these your New Years resolutions?

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    1. I usually don’t make “resolutions,” but I do try to set goals for the year. And yes, one of them is to get more rest. Also read more (books), as well as blog posts and news. And also keep writing! 2015 has shown me that writing is a part of who I am and writing about music (mostly classic R&B, but new artists too) is what I love to do. Thank you, Ms. Amaya for your encouragement on the last one 🙂

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      1. Goals for the year actually sounds better than resolutions. Those are all great goals, especially writing! I enjoy your music posts. You sometimes introduce music that I haven’t heard of or music I haven’t heard in years. Keep blogging!

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    1. Could be, Dave. I often find that the times I do go to bed early, I wake up earlier, meaning I get about the same amount of sleep. But I haven’t stuck to that for any length of time, just once or twice a week. I think that if I consistently went to bed earlier, that pattern might change.

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