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Become a Night Owl

by Jan Mh on March 24, 2015

Become a Night Owl

Three Parts:Transitioning to the Night Owl LifestyleReaping the Advantages of the Night Owl LifestyleStaying Healthy

Winston Churchill. Voltaire. Bob Dylan. Charles Bukowski. What do these men have in common other than being political, creative, or philosophical geniuses? They are known for being night owls. Studies show that night owls tend to have a higher IQ than early birds, and this may be because there’s a link between creative output and the dark hours of the night.[1] However, if you want to join this elite group of people, you have to know that night owls are also more prone to depression than morning birds, and you should make sure to stay healthy as you transition to this exciting time of your life.[2]

Part 1 of 3: Transitioning to the Night Owl Lifestyle

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    Go to bed a little later and wake up a little later every night. The best way to transition into the life of a night owl is to take it day by day. Unless you’re in a rush, you should try going to bed and waking up 15-30 minutes later each day until you’ve reached your ideal bedtime. Night owls typically go to bed anywhere between midnight and five in the morning, though you can decide what the term “night owl” means to you. The most important thing is that you find a schedule that works for you and that you stick to it once you’ve transitioned to your ideal sleeping and waking time.
    • In fact, it’s just as important to go to bed and to wake up around the same time as it is to get the 7-8 hours of sleep that most people need to get. Getting 8 hours of sleep each night won’t make you feel rested if you have an erratic sleep schedule.
    • Once you’ve found your routine, your mind will become accustomed to your new energy cycle and will be able to work more efficiently.
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    If you can’t wake up later, plan for naps. If you have to wake up at a certain time every morning but are determined to go to bed later, then you should make sure to make up for that sleep during the day as much as you can. Though taking long naps lasting over thirty minutes can actually make you more tired, if you just take one or two 10-15 minute power naps throughout the day, whether it’s on your lunch break or in the late afternoon, then you may be able to get the rest you need.
    • People also say that 10 minutes of intense focused meditation can be equal to an hour of sleep. If you want to be a night owl but you still have to get up early in the morning, then you may want to look into meditation in the mornings. All you have to do is close your eyes, keep your body still, and focus on your breathing, letting all distractions fade away.
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    Make sure to give yourself some down time so you don’t have trouble falling asleep. Transitioning to the night owl lifestyle will, of course, lead you to go to bed later, but you should still plan to have a time for yourself to wind down so that you actually do make it to sleep. You should turn off all visual stimuli, which includes your phone, your computer, or your TV, at least an hour before bed so your mind begins to go into “sleep mode.” Relax with some light reading, camomile tea, and soft music before bedtime and you’ll be in dreamland in no time.
    • If you watch hours of YouTube videos and then attempt to go straight to bed, your mind will still be racing.
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    Let your friends or family members know about your plans. It’s important to let the people you live with, as well as your friends, know about your new lifestyle change. This will keep your parents or roommates from making too much noise in the morning or expecting you to have late morning brunch plans with them, and will lead them to respect your lifestyle. If you live alone, letting the friends you see frequently know about your decision can be helpful because they won’t call you or come knocking on your door early, and they won’t send you emails at seven in the morning expecting a response any time soon.
    • Your friends or family members may also be open to hanging out with you later in the evenings, since they know you’ll be staying up late.
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    Find work that supports your new lifestyle. If you’re really committed to being a night owl, then you should find a way to work or study that syncs up with your way of life. You can work for an international company in a completely different timezone, so you can communicate with your coworkers and get business done in the middle of the night. You can also be a writer, blogger, or have a contract position where it doesn’t matter when you work, as long as you get the job done. If you’re in school, you can set up a study schedule that allows you to be productive at night, and to get up in time for your exams.
    • If you’re in a creative field, such as painting, photography, design, or acting, then you may be able to create, practice, rehearse, develop photos, or get much of your creative work done in the nighttime. In fact, it may even be easier for you to do so because you’ll have fewer interruptions!

Part 2 of 3: Reaping the Advantages of the Night Owl Lifestyle