I see articles all the time on how being a morning person is wonderful and how you can easily transform into one. The articles generally promise sunshine and rainbows, peace and super-productivity.
I am not a morning person. I cannot wake up easily or without external interference if the sun hasn’t risen. And you know what? I will never be a morning person. Years of trying things and failing have led me to conclude that some people’s physiology just doesn’t go well with rising before dawn.
Benefits Of Being A Morning Person
A morning person is supposed to get the following benefits:
- You get to greet the sun (» 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It :zenhabits)
- You have a decreased commute (9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person | Wise Bread)
- You can eat breakfast (Benefits of Becoming a Morning Person)
- You are happier and thinner (The benefits of being a morning person | BPS)
- You are more productive (see Zenhabits and Wisebread articles above).
Getting The Benefit Without Getting Up At O’Dark Thirty
So I look at the benefits above, and I think that I get all of those, even getting up after sunrise.
- Greeting the sun: does the sun care if I am awake at dawn? No. The point of greeting the sun is to have a quiet space in your life to appreciate the magical turnings of the planet. I think you can do that any time.
- Decreased commute: in my area, which is full of military type folks, the rush hour lasts from about 6:30 to 7:30 in the morning. Leaving later means less traffic. Also, I think that if time of departure means the difference between an hour commute or a two hour commute, you need to look at your commute time rather than your rising time.
- Eating breakfast: I do that even if I get up after sunrise. I don’t see how getting up early ensures you will eat breakfast.
- Happier and thinner: I think this has more to do with having enough rest than your waking time. Some of the grouchiest people I know are the ones who get to work before me.
- More productive: the key to this is to have time when you are not interrupted. Find a time in your day when others are occupied and likely to leave you alone, and use that time to get things done.
If the point of getting up at an indecent hour is so that you are not rushed in the morning, well many of those things can be done the night before. Packing a lunch, getting clothes ready, bathing, and preparing coffee can all be done ahead of time, rather than waiting for the morning.
So I’m not buying the whole “morning people are great” thing. How about you? Any night owls out there who would agree with me?
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