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I’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, “Only lazy people are still in bed after the sun rises.” I’d just grunt and turn over, relishing those last few divine moments of slumber.
A recent headline on Inc.com called “Early Riser? What You Should Do When You Wake Up,” brought back memories of my Granny’s sentiments. Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur and author who I greatly admire and follow, ends the article with “If you’re sleeping late; what does that mean? Are you exhausted—or just disengaged?”
I’d have to say neither, and I’d also have to add that being more inclined to night hours—or sleeping late and staying up until the wee hours of the night— 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 prefer—vampire hours where I can think and do whatever I need in peace, while the rest of the world sleeps. There was nobody’s loud music or conversations to be heard, few people are shopping at the 24-hour grocery stores, few phones are ringing and I didn’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, I’d just finished my shift just hours before the average person would be getting up to start their day.