'Happy?' you cry. 'How can this woman be happy if she doesn't like mornings?' Well readers, for one thing when I wake up all wrapped up in my snugly duvet- I can STAY like that. The majority of morning people, or larks, have the urge to get up as soon as they awake and in my opinion, they are missing out on one of the joys of life. I love nothing more than being covered by my duvet and blankets during the winter when it is freezing cold, and simply being able to lie there appreciating the warmth and comfort of the moment. Yes, it is with deep sadness and regret that I have to force myself out of this soft, relaxing haven and into the duvet-less depths of the world outside my bed, but after having at least 10 minutes of duvet snuggling, I am a lot happier.
However, I am not too happy, which brings me on to my next point. OVERLY HAPPY MORNING PEOPLE. I'm not even jealous of these people because they irritate me too much. I am extremely glad though, that I am not an overly happy morning person. I recognise that there are many who feel so refreshed after having a good sleep and they are at their functioning peak in the morning, but oh how I struggle with some larks. I on the other hand, am very different. I'd like to think that I'm not too annoying as I tend to keep quiet in the mornings, making conversation here and there but nothing too extensive. Mornings, as I like to think, are my adjustment time to being awake so that I can function properly throughout the rest of the day, meaning that I am pretty dull at 9 am. Saying that, I am very happy being dull in the morning.
Recent evidence has also suggested that night owls have a productive advantage over early birds. An article in the journal Science stated that whilst early birds may stay at an even evenly productive pace throughout the day, their main body temperature peaks at around 2 pm or mid-afternoon and continues to drop off throughout the day. Following on from this, more pressure is put on the body to sleep, ultimately meaning that that productivity and energy levels fall. Throughout the day, the night owl stays evenly productive and their basal body temperature peaks at 8pm (the time that the early bird is ready for bed) meaning that they have a sudden burst of energy and productivity in the evening. I can personally relate to this. For example, if you were to make me write a 2000 word essay at 10 am in the morning, I would struggle due to extreme tiredness, whereas if you gave it to me at any point between 5pm and 8pm, I would find it a lot easier to concentrate and keep myself motivated.
I could go on about how night owls are realistic, don't feel the need to go to bed early etc. etc. but I think you get the picture. Nowadays, we glorify anyone for being an early bird and don't actually give night owls enough credit for what they do. I may sometimes be in a huff in the morning and occasionally look like the bride of Frankenstein, but nevertheless, I am very happy being a night owl!