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Hey, it’s Marie Forleo. And you are watching Marie TV.
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And today, it’s Q&A Tuesday.
Today’s question comes from Sia and she writes:
Hey Marie, there’s a saying: the early bird catches the worm, but I have to admit I have never been fond of mornings.
Even as a child, I loved my sleep and my most energetic hours are from 10AM to 1PM or 8PM to 10PM at night.
I sometimes feel judged and labeled as lazy by my husband and others because I’m not an early bird.
I feel late risers get a bad rap and that I can be just as or even more productive than a person that gets up early.
What do you think? Can this night owl catch a hefty mouse instead of a measly worm?
Thanks Sia.
Sia, this is such a divisive topic.
That’s probably because we’ve all been conditioned to think that the only route of success is being an early riser.
And, you know, I will admit, late risers do get a bad rap but here’s the thing:
each human being comes with their own chronotype, their own sleep preference,
meaning we come pre-programmed to either be an early bird or a night owl.
Now can you change this?
In theory, yes you can, but it is very very difficult to change your natural body clock.
And the world does have an undeniable bias for morning people.
I mean, in stock photos, there’re always the ones having a great time like this,
and night owls always look like this.
Night owls like yourself may always feel like you’re kind of at war with the world.
I mean that’s because school schedules and work schedules often demand early starts and that can create something called social jet lag.
You’re always feeling sleep deprived and you’re always feeling tired because you’re trying to adjust to a schedule that’s not natural to you.
But here is the bottom line: it doesn’t matter whether you’re an early bird or a night owl.
You can be productive and happy no matter what, and they both have their advantages and their disadvantages.
There are loads of productive night owls and a few famous ones include president Obama, Bob Dylan and French novelist George Sand.
And great early birds like Ben Franklin, Condoleezza Rice, and Ernest Hemingway.
So here’s the deal Sia, this whole conversation comes down to respect.
You have to respect your own body clock and you got to respect others.
So when it comes to work and getting things done, really honor your most productive time, and at the same time, honor those people around you.
Now it’s true that as a night owl you’re going to have to work a little bit harder and be a little more accommodating
but that should just give you more fuel to kick some major ass and prove your husband and whoever else thinks you’re lazy dead worm.
You know what, speaking of your husband, first thing you gotta do is show him this video, and next thing you gotta do is sing him this song.
So Sia, let's wrap this up with the twitterable
No human believes that any other human has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. Robert S. Lynd.
Now I would love to hear from you.
So, late owls, have you ever tried to change your nature or have you embrace how you are?
Do you have any great tricks to share with the rest of us?
And for all you early birds, what’s your experience like with the night owls?
Do you have any advice to share with how you honor and respect the differences?
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Should You Wake Up Early: Night Owls vs. Early Birds

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Gisele Sung published on September 27, 2014    Gisele Sung translated    朱朱 reviewed
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