Early Bird or Night Owl?

Ways to tell if you’re a night owl

Grabbing five more minutes

Rather than springing your eyes open to face the day, if you prefer to give yourself ‘five more minutes’ of shut-eye, then it’s fair to say you are probably a night owl. Early birds will have no problem waking up naturally and getting themselves into the bathroom and beyond. There’s no lying around in bed, or closing their eyes just to ‘rest them’ for a few extra minutes. They are up and about without any problem. For night owls, on the other hand, it’s almost a battle of wills between the mind and body as to who will win in the morning.

Lying in bed for a little longer

In most cases night owls will take their time opening their eyes and putting a foot outside of the bed. They usually need anywhere between 15-20 minutes extra to adjust and to fully wake up to start thinking about what needs to be done for the day. Some night owls might just lie in bed for a while taking it easy, while others will pick up their phones and start looking at emails and social media – there’s no right or wrong here, it’s always a case of what works best for the individual.

Breakfast is not a big deal

Most morning people tend to understand the importance of breakfast and build time into their day to ensure they eat properly to give them the fuel they need to power on. If you are not a morning person you are more likely to grab something quick without too much fuss, or maybe even skip it completely as it seems like too much effort. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing something quick to eat as time often appears to disappear quickly in the morning and you still have two meals in the day to enjoy to the fullest!

Ways to tell if you’re an early bird

Waking up without a problem

An early bird will find it easy to open their eyes and focus on what needs to be done next in the morning. In fact, their body clocks are usually so regimented that they may not even need an alarm to remind them it’s time to get up at all. There’s no hitting snooze on your smartphone, or turning over only to snuggle deeper into the pillow. Energy levels are high right away for morning people and they tend not to want to waste it by having a lie in.

Early workout regimes

If you are the type of person who loves nothing more than hitting the gym before work, or pounding the streets for a brisk 5k run while the birds are just coming alive in the trees, then there is little doubt you are a morning person. Night owls will find the energy to get their exercising done later in the day, but if your energy levels are high in the morning it makes sense to burn off some calories to keep yourself in good shape. An early workout regime allows people to keep their momentum going and tackle the day ahead knowing their mind and body is in great working order.

Going to bed early

A night owl couldn’t think of anything worse than climbing into bed before 10pm. But for an early bird it is essential to keeping up their early-to-rise routine. Morning people will find they have high energy levels earlier in the day, which will also naturally dip earlier. Getting enough sleep is hugely important to a morning person as they don’t want to feel groggy or slow the next day. They tend to feel by starting the day early you get more done, so if this sounds like you, it’s safe to say you are definitely not a night owl.

Cheerful and happy in the morning

If you go to bed early and wake up early chances are you are going to feel rested and on-top of the world. When you go into work you’re the one saying hello to everyone, ready to hold a full conversation and not trying your best to avoid human contact. This is especially noticeable during the winter, when the chirpy early bird isn’t affected by the cold air, overcast skies and rainy wet days like everyone else. Night owls tend to come alive later in the day, perhaps around the same time that early birds are starting to flag a little.