Why You Probably Aren't Sleeping at Night

Posted by Melissa Mott on Jun 2, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Some think that they have conditioned their body into being more of a “morning person” or a “night owl” depending on who you’re talking to. However, studies show that each person is actually either genetically conditioned into being more alert in the morning or more alert at night (a lark vs. an owl)—no one really has a say in which one.

Some people may find this extremely frustrating (myself included). When I was in college, I couldn’t help but fall asleep no later than 11pm every night. I tried so hard to stay awake since everyone else was, but my body just started crashing at a certain point and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it unless I took a midday nap every single day. And I absolutely did not have time for that!Night_Owl_Morning_Lark

Once I accepted it, I started to get annoyed with my roommates. It was so hard for me to understand why they couldn’t go to sleep any earlier than 3am. It drove me insane! 

But now knowing that there’s nothing that they could have done about it either is a little more comforting. Not to mention that they probably got annoyed that I was always fast asleep so early. As I was questioning why I couldn’t stay awake any later, they were probably questioning why they couldn’t go to sleep any earlier. However, I was always grateful that I woke up early every single morning and never had to rush to my 8:30am class unlike my night-owl roommates who slept until noon every day and then proceeded to moan and groan about having to go to their 1:30pm class. I’m proud to be a morning lark.

If you’re unsure which you are relative to, here’s a nice breakdown for you:

Lark  You consider yourself a morning person who maintains the habit of falling asleep early and waking up early. If you typically fall asleep around 11:30pm, you are probably a lark.

Owl  You look at yourself as a night person who is more alert in the evening than in the morning. If you find yourself late at night wondering why you are not sleepy, you are probably an owl.


So which do you think you are? A morning lark like me or a night owl like my roommates? Let me know in the comments below!

And once you figure out which one you're more like, check out "10 Tips for Better Sleep!"

Topics: Sleep Matters, Your Bedroom and Your Sleep