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Discussion on: Why you should be a "Night Owl"

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Julien Maury

I know it's ironic here but I have mixed feelings for this topic. I kinda like the idea there is no rules and you just have to live and work according to your true nature, but, as far as I can see, there are some rules.

Working at night is a life choice, not a big deal when you're single, but what if you have children, and even if you don't, it might isolate you.

Besides, the human body has internal rhythms, you don't want to mess with them for the sake of a so-called freedom. I understand the big thing with early risers, it just works.

Again, I understand the joke, but to me it's a very serious topic.

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Austin French Author

Yes, that was my final point actually. We all have "chronotypes" or our own circadian rhythm. I think it's something like 20% of us are "wired" to be night owls.

So while one might be on a cusp of say a morning person, and a mid-day person and a little discipline can override that person's natural cycle. There are people like me who can spends years trying to adapt to a "morning" routine and it sucks, everyday, for years. A week of a little freedom though and I snap to a night routine without issue.

Messing with my internal rhythms means: waking up early.

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Julien Maury

Ultimately it's your decision. Circadian misalignments happen. Besides, it might be more difficult to sleep when almost everybody is awake : more noise, etc.

I understand your point, though, but where did you get that "20%"? I would be interested to read about it if you have some links. Thanks.

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Austin French Author

It certainly can be harder with all of life happening around you. Lucky for me, I can sleep almost anywhere, anytime.

As for the 20%, it was from memory. I tried to find a current, relevant post for you however:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3...

It's far from exactly what I had in mind though, as the demographics are pretty slim.

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