What hath night to do with sleep?
Do your best ideas occur at night? Do you enjoy writing at the weirdest hours of the day when rationality ceases to rule?
Your ability to work (& when) is genetically encoded and cannot be erased. Scientists have long known that early and late risers have genetic differences. Our preference for early rising (an A-person or lark) and late rising (a B-person or owl) is as genetically determined as eye or hair colour. Creative people are not lazy or sinister or vampiric just because their circadian rhythm is different from most people!
I am a night writer. And I am not alone. Researchers say 10% of us are extreme owls, 10% are extreme larks and the remaining 80 % fall in between. Yet, I am a night owl in a 9 – 5 job (help!), which can present its challenges since our work culture is biased towards the rhythms of the average lark (a bit “sleepist,” yes).
I live for the day when my existence is not dictated by an alarm clock. In the meantime, in an effort to help my fellow writers of the night live comfortably in an early bird world, I offer the following.
7 Random Resources for Night Owls:
- “Birds of a Different Feather” by Carolyn Schur–a great book on how to live with your daily rhythm in work and life.
- Night Owl Network–network dedicated to helping night owls.
- Night People–one of the Net’s oldest night owl sites.
- Night Writer Magazine–an online magazine for night owls.
- “The Night People,” by Jack Finney–fantastic fiction!
- “Careers for Night Owls & Other Insomniacs,” by Louise Miller
- The B-Society–a campaign for a Flexible and Balanced Society.
You share your Night Owl status with: Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, Catherine O’Hara, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Keith Richards, and Elvis Presley.
Once an owl, always an owl!
Also see Viva La B-Revolution: How to be a B-person and not get fired