Morning lark or night owl, which do you feel you identify with most? Perhaps somewhere in the middle? If you base it on the times of the day where you feel most productive, you should immediately get a sense of which group you fall into. Although it’s important to remember that being a morning person doesn’t necessarily mean you have a certain personality or collection of skills, or that your life will be structured in a certain way, there are certain distinctions between the two categories.
Those who fall into the morning lark category are more likely to want to get up as soon as their alarm rings and get themselves prepared for the day as soon as they open their eyes. Morning people tend to be very energetic early doors and feel most productive by being wide awake at an early hour.
On the other end of the spectrum, night owls usually stay awake long after the sun has set and are content to work late into the night, feeling more productive usually due to the quiet and calm that night-time brings. Mornings can be less appealing to night owls, perhaps due to the hustle and bustle of getting ready and having to commute due to work obligations.
Morning lark or night owl; are you unsure of which category you fall into? To help you out, here are the top signs that tell you whether you’re an early bird or a night-time kind of person.
Signs you’re a morning person:
- You wake up naturally (no alarm)
- You awake feeling wide awake and refreshed
- You feel more productive in the earlier hours and tend to get more done.
- You enjoy working out/going to the gym early in the morning.
- You believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day
- You enjoy an early night
- You feel you’ve wasted a chunk of the day if you let yourself sleep in.
- You usually require coffee in the afternoon, not the morning
- Your focus and attention levels go down after lunchtime
- You feel most at peace in the mornings.
Signs you’re a night owl:
- You do your best work at night
- You find it difficult to go to bed at a specific time
- You find it hard waking up in the morning
- Instead of feeling refreshed, you usually feel groggy and tired in the morning.
- You usually find it hard to fall asleep.
- Morning coffee is an everyday essential for you.
- You feel panicked by morning alarms
- Closing times frustrate you.
- You seem to have more clarify and focus at night
- You usually set multiple alarms to wake yourself up.
Statistics show that more people find mornings harder in the winter months, which isn’t too surprising. With the choice between the cold and windy outdoors versus a cosy warm bed, it’s not hard to see why!
For those who identify most with being a night owl, or even if you feel like you have traits from both sides but admit that some mornings are a struggle, there are a few things you can do and habits you can adopt to help early mornings become more bearable and even enjoyable, once you get into the habit.
Move your body
Amidst repetitive routines, mornings can often end up feeling a little stagnant; wake up, get ready, eat some breakfast and make your way to work, etc… it’s not surprising to find out that many people feel groggy and unmotivated in the early hours. By introducing some exercise into your morning, you will be rewarded with a rush of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – all feel-good chemicals that occur when you start moving your body
Make time for breakfast
The phrase is used time and time over, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. As well as providing energy, our breakfast kick-starts the digestion and helps to wake your body up. Missing out on breakfast can also have a negative effect on your metabolism.
Embrace natural oils
Incorporating natural essential oils into your mornings such as peppermint, lemon and bergamot is a great way to awaken the senses and give us a natural boost first thing. If you struggle with poor sleep affecting your mornings, taking CBD oil before bed can also improve sleep and help you wake up feeling refreshed rather than run-down.