Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Iâ€™ve been a late sleeper practically from birth. I could sleep through the whole day, without problems, and be up and ready for the world by night. My Granny would always scold me and say, â€œOnly lazy people are still in bed after the sun rises.â€ Iâ€™d just grunt and turn over, relishing those last few divine moments of slumber.
A recent headline on Inc.com called â€œEarly Riser? What You Should Do When You Wake Up,â€ brought back memories of my Grannyâ€™s sentiments. Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur and author who I greatly admire and follow, ends the article with â€œIf youâ€™re sleeping late; what does that mean? Are you exhaustedâ€”or just disengaged?â€
Iâ€™d have to say neither, and Iâ€™d also have to add that being more inclined to night hoursâ€”or sleeping late and staying up until the wee hours of the nightâ€” is not necessarily a bad thing.
I once had a job working the night shift on a newspaper copy desk, and I loved it. Those are the kinds of work schedules I preferâ€”vampire hours where I can think and do whatever I need in peace, while the rest of the world sleeps. There was nobodyâ€™s loud music or conversations to be heard, few people are shopping at the 24-hour grocery stores, few phones are ringing and I didnâ€™t have to angrily push through rush hour for my commute. Those hours were a dream come true since I could be a late sleeper, not really inclined to get up early because, well, Iâ€™d just finished my shift just hours before the average person would be getting up to start their day.