I will openly admit to the fact that I am a night owl, I always have been and guess I always will be. Once I became a parent I was expecting to get myself to bed earlier but somehow it never happened. Once we have managed to get the kids to bed there are a few hours before we consider hitting the hay ourselves.
We seem to get far more done at night-time than we do during the day, it seems the most obvious time to get things done without the
hinderence help of our little ones. Paul and I tend to wind down most nights with the company of our laptops, a snack or two and a glass of the good stuff. Paul enjoys working on his online comic and I tend to catch up with blogging bits and bats on my marvellous Mac.
Now that I am working behind the bar during the evening I tend to arrive getting home just after 10pm and after having a quick soak in the bath and catching up with the soaps midnight has arrived. Whilst I have made a promise to try to get to bed earlier it never actually happens because I actually need that time, that ‘me time’ I guess you could call it.
I have fond memories of laying in till dinner time when I was a teenager and whilst I am no longer able nor would I want to do this, there are times when I wish for sleep sessions from the yesteryears. I certainly burn my candle at both ends but couldn’t settle to sleep any earlier than at least 11.30pm, it just wouldn’t feel right.
According to ‘The Independent’ if you want to get ahead, be a night owl. They suggest that “One theory to explain the extra brain power of night owls is that intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal because in ancestral times any activities at night would have been novel and would, therefore, have been more likely to attract people with inquisitive minds.” You can read the full article upon the benefits of being a night owl here. I for one am certainly inquisitive and seem to have my best ideas at night-time, it tends to be when my brain is most active for some reason, this is probably why I find it difficult to sleep when I do eventually settle into my pit.
Most parents seem to go to bed far earlier than us and maybe we are doing it all wrong who knows. We get up with our kids and luckily they don’t usually wake until 8am, we therefore get a decent nights sleep despite having late nights. I often wonder if we are alone in our night owl tendencies, surely we aren’t the only parents pushing into the early hours before snuggling into our sacks?