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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

ONCE UPON A DREAM; Night Owl




I often hear an owl in my garden late at night, calling for its mate.  It makes me smile, though sometimes his screech startles me. I feel an affinity with him because I have always been a night owl.  I can quite happily stay at my desk all night working, going to bed with the dawn and sleeping until noon.  On nights out I tend to get my second wind at around midnight which can annoy friends who are usually flagging by the witching hour!

            There is more to a night owl than a nocturnal body clock and in a daylight driven world, night owls can be misunderstood.  Convention dictates that the light hours are when we should be the most active, which is natural and easy enough for most people.  This natural order of things becomes more challenging for night owls though.  It should be stated here that by night owls I am not referring to those who enjoy the odd late night and a lie in the following day, but to those individuals who quite naturally become more alert and more productive after dark as a matter of course each and every night and consistently throughout their lives.

            This tendency towards dark living can mean that a night owl might find themselves being labelled as lazy.  This is because the daylight world sees only a late riser and someone who lies in bed half the day – under cover of darkness though the night owl is usually hard at work when most people have been sleeping for a good few hours.  This is especially likely to be the case with creative people and artists as the quiet night colludes in creativity, offering inspiration and peaceful tranquility in which to work. So far from being lazy, night owls can be some of the most productive and hard working people around.

            By the same token a night owl will usually be more active and productive during the darker months of autumn and winter.  To a night owl sunlight can feel very draining and the longer, warmer days of summer are a trial rather than a joy.  Although a night owl may try to reprogram their body clock, eventually they will fall back into their normal routine of late to bed and late to rise.  They may look forward to the longest day purely as the herald of the return of the dark season.  When darkness falls early on a mid-winter afternoon a night owl is truly in their element.


            If you can relate to any of this then perhaps you are a night owl too.  If so you might find yourself drawn to employment which offers permanent night shifts or late twilight shifts.  If you are a night owl then embrace this darker aspect of your character – do not apologize for it if it is who you are. If dark living means that you get more done then be true to yourself, not to convention.  Spend as much time in your element of night as you can.  Be true to your nocturnal body clock and you will probably find that you are more productive and happier for it.  Dare to defy convention.  I always have!

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