Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Daylight Savings Time


(me and Patrick...in our pj's, ready for bed)

I am SO ready for bed every night.  I hit a wall between 9:00-10 p.m.  Jeff laughs at me, because he just looks at me and can see when that wall and I have collided.  I'm a morning person, and morning people can not stay up till midnight, I tell him. 

One thing I hate about switching the clocks back is that it I really need daylight from 6-10 pm...the day is extended longer, I can get more done, and I don't feel like getting into my PJ's at 7 pm when the sun is shining. 

One thing I love about switching the clocks back is that I feel justifited in making myself go to bed earlier and boy, does this make me feel better all day long. 

How does someone "get" to become a morning or night person? 
Do you think it's a genetic, or the routine established in childhood? 
I've always wondered.

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  1. I think the morning/night person thing is mostly genetic. I couldn't fathom getting to a point where I'm able to be up early in the morning and be happy about (hence the midnight comment). Sometimes I wish I could though!

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  2. I think you're born one way or the other. My Mum had a hard time getting me out of bed as a child, and now as a Mum I have a hard time getting myself out of bed!
    My son takes after his Father - they are morning people - arrggh!

    By the way - I love your blog :)

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  3. I was enrolled in PM Kindergarten because my Mom couldn't get me up in the morning.
    Now that I'm a 4th grade teacher, and back on the elementary daily schedule ... I STILL have trouble getting up. I set 3 alarms & press snooze through all 3.
    I've always been a night owl like my Dad. My niece is an early bird just like her dad. I think it's definitely in your blood :)

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  4. I totally agree-it's gotta be genetic. I'm ready to crash by 9 but up with the crack of dawn, I just can't change it. It's been interesting being married to a night owl!

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  5. I think you're born that way. I HATE mornings! Always have. That was the hardest part for me when my kids were really little.

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  7. totally agree on the genetics thing...I have always been a night person. I have never been able to go to bed before 2am and have hated getting up in the mornings. Guess it's a good thing I work my dream job on the night shift. Of course working the night shift for nearly 13 years has left me with the inablity to sleep for more than 3 hours on any given day. Not sure what that makes me?

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  8. I have always wondered this too - I have spent a long time trying to be a morning person and just cannot work out how to do it!

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  9. I am totally a morning person...I don't know how I became that way but anything after 10p.m. kills me.

    sandy toe

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  10. I don't know about genetics... I was a night-owl from birth to about age 28, then all of a sudden I became a morning person. I get most everything done before 2PM.

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  11. I don't think it can be genetic at all. My Mom is a total night owl. She will do anything to sleep late and does not feel one bit bad about it. Especially now that she is retired. My sister and I are both Morning People. I hate the thought of sleeping in, I feel like I'm wasting time. 6:30AM is really late for me. I work from home but on my work days I start at 5AM. Sometimes it is difficult but mostly because I do need the alarm to get up. On a non work say I wake up about 5:30-6:00 without the alarm.

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  12. I just want to tell you how beautiful that picture is of you two. It made me smile this morning.

    I was never a morning person until having 2 kids. Now, I love my quiet mornings and I hop out of bed at 5:30 anxious for my quiet alone time. I usually would stay up until 11 but with the time change, I drag my butt to bed at 9:30 these days, yawning and dozing off all the way.

    emily@ remodeling this life

    Happy Thanksgiving Sarah!

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  13. I love the picture--Patrick's chubby soft arms--I just want to squeeze them! 2 year olds in pjs--adorable! I am a morning person, but do love a good sleep in til 7 once in a while!

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  14. Love the picture. I have always heard that if you are a morning person you were born early in the morning and if you are a night owl you were born late at night. I've tested the theory and I find it to be mostly correct but who knows. But I'm totally with you - I love going to be early and waking up feeling totally refreshed.

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  15. I think it can change. I was very much a night owl as a kid and teen-ager/young adult. After having kids, though, I have become much more of a morning person. Now I wake up early and love the quiet and industrious feel of the morning. I too can hardly stay awake in the evenings, but it's more like between 8 and 9 that I'm ready to conk out! You're doing well if you can stay up till 10, I say. I try to enjoy the cozy dark evenings of winter, though part of me dreads them too.

    I will say, though, each of my kids is the opposite--one born a night owl, the other a morning person. I wonder if they'll stay that way for their entire lives?

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  16. I disagree that it is genetic, but believe it to be more of a learned behavior. I used to be a night owl, was raised a night owl and married an early bird. Now, I definitely love the mornings and 10pm is late in our home! I am proof that you can change if you want to!

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  17. My husband is a morning person and hits that wall between 8:30 and 9 pm. NEVER FAILS! He can wake up at 6 am without an alarm clock too! I, on the other hand, am a night person! If I get up at 6 am I feel physically ill and drag all day. But, if I sleep til 8, I feel good all day and don't need a nap in the afternoon and can last til midnight! My girls are 17 & 18 so I don't have to drive them to school anymore and I'm not currently working. I wish I could change to being a morning person because most of the world is geared that way.

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  18. I wish I knew that answer!!! I don't think I'm a morning or a night person....I'm an afternooner :) heehee I could sleep until 9:00 every day and then I'd want to go to bed at 9:00 too! But, of course, that never happens ;) SUre wish someone could tell us the answer...because I'd LOVE to turn into a morning person!!!

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  19. I am one of those weird people that gets up early and stays up late...always have..even when my kids were little. If I get more than about 6-7 hours sleep I just feel groggy and disconnected. My hubby, on the other hand,needs 9 to 10 hours sleep. We are really a mis-matched pair. Hugs- Diana

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  20. definitely routine. I was never a morning person until my kids went to school at 5:30am. Now like you I am dead to the world at about 8.

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  21. What a great photo of you and Patrick.

    I'd weigh in on the routine side--consistency is the father of destiny, one of my professors used to say. It sure would be nice if it weren't that way so that I could use it as an excuse to stay up late and not try to wake up early.

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  22. I think it is more about what is going on in your life. When I was in the Navy I had to be a morning person, bright and early at 5 a.m., but once I got out of the Navy I enjoyed sleeping until about 7 a.m.. :o) Then I had children and the kids required me to get up early. Every once in a while I do enjoy staying up later in the evening. So, who knows??

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  23. Definitely genetic. My sister and I are 23 months apart and now I'm 50 and she is 48. We shared a room and so we were on the same routine. Growing up I was always, always up at the crack of dawn and I remember the fights my parents had with her because she wouldn't get up. She was also not a night owl and went to bed at a decent hour. To this day she still struggles with morning issues. I think what's going on in your life does have an impact on your sleep times, but it's largely genes.

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  24. I think routine. My parents let me fall asleep on the couch every night because I HATED the thought of leaving all the fun. I still do!

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  25. I'm in the genetic camp. Brad has tried to convert to the mornings with me, but he just can't seem to stay the course.

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  26. what do you do when you're not a morning or a night person?? :)

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  27. genetic - i love to sleep in and have the most energy at 10 at nite - so does my dad and my children - GENETIC!!

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  28. I think it is genetic. But, ever since kids I have been a night owl and not a morning person. Once they go to bed I get a second wind in me and I am up until midnight. Thank goodness I have good and late sleepers!

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  29. I'm a middle of the day person...I may be the only one in creation :)
    I think you're born that way. Just my two cents. I love it when I go to bed early, and I don't do it nearly enough!

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  30. I am a morning person. I like to get up and get things done and out of the way but then by 8pm I am ready to crash, not a good thing with three kids.

    Woo Hoo ! I can comment ! It's my computer from work that won't allow me to comment on your page. I guess that is their way of telling me that I should be working. :o)

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  31. Love that pic of you two Sarah! So sweet. Lately I've somehow become a night AND a morning person! Kole is up around 5:45 every morning and ready to party. Once my kids are in bed and the house is quiet by 8:00 PM I just want to savor every moment of "me time" so I stay up way too late - usually until at least 11:30 to have time to blog or work on projects. I'm always tired. But not too tired to give up my evening time and go to bed early like I should....

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  32. I have no idea why people are morning vs. night. But I am a happy clam that there is sun in the morning when I wake up now (at 7) and that the dark makes my husband ready for bed before midnight!

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  33. I am guessing genetics!! I have tried and tried to become a morning person... it will NEVER happen! lol! ;) My mom was a night owl... and FAR from easy to wake up... at least I am able to be woken up! ;) ha ha!

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  34. Love this discussion! I wrote a post about my morning girl last spring: http://cathymarquardt.blogspot.com/search/label/morning%20girl

    I am more of a night owl, usually hitting the hay at midnight. My most productive part of the day is between 4-6pm~which makes it difficult to get anything done when you are running kids to/from school, sports, & activities.

    I also think it is interesting how a 1 hour time change can throw your body into a funk! hugs, Cathy

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  35. Ha! I hit a wall at FIVE PM! I have to fight and fight to make it until the kids are in bed at 7:15, then I go to bed too. But that's just because I'm pregnant and breastfeeding a baby who doesn't sleep much. Normally, I'm a night owl and my husband is an early bird. I think it's just some weird internal clock thing, because my brother-in-law who shared a room with my husband and had the same routine growing up is a night person. In college when my husband and I were living together, it was great, because I could study late at night while he slept and he could study early early in the morning while I slept.

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  36. It's genetic. I think we are all born with an internal clock and unfortunately it doesn't always match the time zone we live in. My dad used to joke that I was on California time, or even Hawaii time because I'm a night owl. But I'm stuck in EST. I'm glad my husband is a night owl too. Midnight is early in our house.

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  37. Ha! My husband has been laughing recently about how I've become a solar battery. And that means, right now, my life span in pretty short!

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  38. GENITIC!!!!!!! My family is living proof. My father is, my grandfather was. Same M.O. start reading and doing projects @11:oo p.m. then bed between 1 and 2 depending if I relax to watch T.V. My husband say it's because I don't do enough during the day (physically) not true. I am just on such a running pace all day to do all the have to's. I don't get to do the "want to's" until late. I love it!

    P.S. My husband is a MORNING person thus I do not rise(go down stairs) until Elvis has left the building!

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