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)