I’ve always envied people who were able to wake up early and get their day started while people were still in their beds sound asleep. On the very few occasions that I had to wake up at the crack of dawn, I would always enjoy the tranquility of the early morning. The sound of birds chirping, the cool crisp air and the beauty of sunrise as it casts light onto the sleeping city. Even though I enjoyed every aspect of early mornings (except for the groggy feeling of being up so early), being a night owl, I was never able to experience the many benefits of early rising.
Every morning was always haste, waking up in panic, cursing at the clock, jumping out of bed, showering up and running out to the car for an anxiety fueled drive to work. No, I was never able to even eat breakfast before rushing to work. To the casual observer, this is obviously an unhealthy living; not only am I jumping out of bed in panic that I had overslept, but having no time for a relaxed breakfast and the anxiety fueled rush to work driving as if I was on the final lap of a F1 race. I was miserable in the mornings and it showed in the office.
When do you feel most alert and active? In the mornings? Or do feel your energy increase later in the day?
What is Chronotype?
Chronotype refers to the activity and sleep preference of an individual. Your chronotype can dictate the time of day of your peak mental and physical performance, as well as your mood is at its best. Most people are usually active during the daytime, but depending on your own biology and habits, the preference for when one is active and when one prefers to sleep may vary significantly. Most people fall between the two extremes, and vary about 2 hours in waking up, but it is said that in extreme cases, an extreme night owl will sleep when an extreme early bird wakes up.
What’s my Chronotype?
In most cases, your chronotype is easy to identify by asking yourself two simple questions: When do you prefer to wake up? When do you feel most ready for sleep? But to get a granular look at your personal chronotype, there are many types of assessments developed that you can use to determine your chronotype. Use this simple Morningness-Eveningness Scale questionnaire to see where you fit in.