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.