Night Owls Out of Synch
you getting plenty of sleep, yet have great difficulty getting
up in the morning and do not really feel awake for most of the
day? You may be a night owl who is ‘desynchronized.’
We all have a natural circadian rhythm
which dictates our daily schedule for sleeping and waking. Many
night owls are attuned to this natural rhythm and, through
experience, have found that they cannot maintain well-being
along with being at work early in the morning. Many others,
however, unaware that they are naturally night owls, try to
maintain an early bird schedule and as a result, become
Are you a night owl out of synch?
Do you -
- Have difficulty waking in the
- Feel tired when you wake?
- Sleep a sufficient number of hours
yet feel tired all day?
- Nap after work because you are so
- Start to feel awake later in the
- Force yourself to go to bed early in
an effort to wake up early?
- Have difficulty getting to sleep when
you go to bed early?
- ‘Crash’ or sleep much later than
usual on the weekend?
- Feel depressed?
- Often have headaches? Appetite
If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these
statements, and all other sleep disorders and physical and
emotional conditions have been ruled out, then you may be a
desynchronized night owl. The simplest and most enduring
solution is to change both your work and sleep schedule. Though
you may think this is impossible, you may be surprised to find
that there is more flexibility and openness to such a solution
than you may have thought possible. Consider offering to work
later and frame this as a business advantage. Or partner with
other employees who would be happy to work earlier if you
covered the later portion of their schedule.