Being a night owl in a world that often praises early risers can feel like you're constantly dancing to a different beat. You often find yourself feeling tired, and work, school or other responsibilities feel overbearing, making you more susceptible to burnout.
If the early bird gets the worm, what does the night owl get? In this blog post, we'll explore some tips for all the late risers out there—because who says mornings have to have all the fun?
1. Embrace Your Natural Rhythm
Being a night owl means you are more likely to thrive in the quiet hours of the night. Instead of fighting against your natural inclination, you should try your best to embrace it. If you know you'll be more productive in the evening, use this time to finish tasks and assignments with a flexible deadline. This way, you'll leave plenty of time for urgent work to be completed during the day.
2. Create a Nighttime Routine
Just like early birds have their morning routines, craft a nighttime routine that works for you. It could include winding down activities like reading, listening to calming music, or practicing mindfulness to signal your body that it's time to rest. If you're planning on staying up late most nights, try to wrap up the self-care portion of your nighttime routine early so that once you're ready to hit the hay, all you have to do is switch off the lights.
3. Prioritize Sleep Hygiene
Quality sleep is essential, no matter when you're catching Zs. Create a sleep-conducive environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Limit screen time before bed, if possible and avoid playing loud noises, such as podcasts or music, to ensure that you get a restful night's sleep every night.
4. Find Late-Night Community
Socializing can be difficult when you're a night owl, but thanks to the internet, it's easy to find people who share your love for the dark hours. Connect with fellow night owls through online communities or social media. It can be comforting to share experiences, tips, and even virtual hangouts during your late-night escapades.
5. Maximize Morning Efficiency
For those inevitable early morning commitments, feel more prepared and confident by maximizing early hour efficiency. Streamline your morning routine, prep as much as you can the night before and savour that cup of coffee to kickstart your day and have you feeling less stressed for the day ahead.