We’ve all Heard the Proverbs
“Early to bed, early to rise” blah, blah, blah
“The early bird gets the worm.” Sorry, I’m not really a fan of worms.
I’ve been a night owl almost all my adult life. I do my best work during the late evening and early morning hours. The starry night sky inspires me; the moon enchants me. The only time I felt I was able to truly rest at night was during the three years I was stationed on the tiny semi-tropical Japanese island of Okinawa. There’s a 12-hour time difference there. So it makes sense to me that my inner clock is set to the Far East, and not the east coast of the United States!
🙋🏻♀️ Konnichi Wa! 💁🏻♀️
I’ve read numerous self help books on how to get a good night sleep and the science of it all. I’ve read that a lack of a good night sleep can make one sick, or even contribute to a premature death. I’m probably the hallmark example for what you should not do, in terms of trying to get a healthy good night of rest.
However, ever since retiring from the Navy, my night-time escapades have become my growing source for amusement! And I’m not concerned so much anymore. I find that many women my age (50+) are also up late at night. I know this because you can find them all on Facebook, posting cat and wine memes, and liking each others’ new profile pics!
What not to do if You are a Night Owl
- Drink a bottle of wine and send texts inviting your entire high school class to your house for a class reunion. I had to walk that one back with a text of shame!
- Open an all-night online bar. I made the mistake of having several of these during the covid-19 pandemic. The Toad and The Laughing Toad Tavern we’re a couple of these mishaps.
- Start a drum circle site called Drums Along the Seaway. No takers! It was a Facebook group with only one member…me. I also quit playing my Djembe drum at night. Let’s just say neighbors were not impressed.
- Tell a close family member that the man who raised him/her was not the biological father. This one had grave consequences and caused me to swear off social media after midnight.
- I’m the proud leader of a group called Night Owls on the Clockmaker game. So, when I am not getting in trouble doing anything else, there’s that. However, it is a colossal waste of time.
Ok so maybe I’m not as productive at night as I originally thought! So lately I’ve been trying hard to get a good night of sleep. So far nothing has worked.
- Binaural beats – lovely sounds, but no luck. Tried this for two weeks. Then I learned you have to use earphones so each ear will hear a different frequency, thus inducing sleep.
- Sound reducing ear plugs to block out my husband’s snoring were a bust, too. They only amplified my loudly beating heart. They also enhanced the ever-so-present ringing in my ears!
- Fitbit sleep application. Nope! All it does is give me anxiety because I am not getting enough REM and deep sleep!
- I started taking melatonin and did not notice a difference, but I’m still taking it after several months.
- Hot shower before bed…cold water to face…no coffee after 2 pm…no exercise before bed, no alcohol three hours before sleep…no eating before sleep…Himalayan sea salt lamp, meditation, breathing exercises…nothing.
What Seems to Improve my Sleep
- Blue blocker glasses
- Reading a book online (with blue blocker glasses) and steering away from social media
- Contemplating about the day and practicing abundant gratitude for successfully making it through to the nighttime. Some people might call this a form of prayer, but I see it as communication with the Universe.
- CBD oil, I think. The jury is still out on this one.
- Completely refraining from any alcoholic beverages.
I’m probably always going to be a night owl.
Thanks for joining me. – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
I think there is a certain comforting and relaxing feeling about the Night. Naturally, animals and people are sleeping, the pace of life slows down, and it feels like you are living in bonus time. I totally get night owls, but I am offset from them. I enjoy waking up extra early (before sunrise) and having my own slice of bonus time. The shroud of darkness is my time to enjoy the early morning on my own terms! Lol
Ender, thanks for the comments! You need to get a blog, for real. You are a talented writer! DO IT!
I have to agree the FitBit sleep app has given me apoplexy. I stopped looking at it. My sleep is frequently interrupted by Fluffy ( the dog) who insists on butting his ultra hot body up against mine in the night. And then there is Notorious ( the cat) who makes an appearance between 2:30 and 3 each AM to check to see if I am still here. He bounds onto the bed sniffs loudly and hops off. I pretend to be asleep so he doesnt stay for a but of play. Coffee, alcohol, water…does not make a difference I still get up around 4am to void the bladder. BUt one wonderful thing about being retired is NAP TIME! If need be I head for a nap in the afternoon, afterall that is what my three fur babies are doing. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
And there’s coffee! Right? Hey, “me”
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Such a cool post – I know I do a lot of stuff before bed that is the enemy of sleep. Speaking only from personal experience, the best thing I can do it turn my phone to airplane mode about an hour before sleep, and then read something that’s not on a screen.
I got a laugh out of some of your late night mishaps… thanks for sharing!
Good advice! Thank you for your kind comments!