I wish I was the kind of person who could easily wake up at 5 a.m. ready to go about my day fully energized and motivated. But as much as I would like to claim to be apart of this special clan of the human species, so called the early birds, the signs are too obvious for me to ignore that I can never associate to such behavior. Sigh. I have to own up to the fact that I’m definitely NOT a morning person and here’s why you’re not either!
Signs you’re not a morning person
1. You have a love-hate relationship with the snooze button
You’re obviously obsessed with the fact that you can rely on snoozing to gain a couple of more minutes of sleep, but you’re bummed when you realize you actually end up spending all your morning snoozing for non-quality sleep.
2. You have about 10 alarms set to make sure you’re going to wake up.
6 a.m. 6:10 a.m. 6:20 a.m. 6:30 a.m. and go on… The worst part is that you actually end up waking up 15 minutes after the last alarm. Late, maybe?
3. Everybody knows you’re not yourself before 11 a.m.
You’re probably the most anti-social person in the morning. So, if you’re rude or offensive, the people who know you totally understand that you’re not being yourself just yet.
4. The longest relationship you ever had is with your bed.
You think your bed is the most comfortable place ever, it’s your happy place and your one true love. No one can compete with that, right?
5. You’re always late to any morning plans.
Since you can’t get yourself to wake up on time, you’re always late to any morning plans which explains why when you can make your own work/school schedule, your day usually starts at noon, at the earliest.
Why you’re not a morning person?
1. You’re biologically a late riser.
Your circadian rhythm which is basically your internal biological sleep/wake clock controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus from the hypothalamus of your brain don’t synchronize with earlier schedules. Therefore, your body rhythm is programmed to start later in the day.
2. Your sleep cycle is not consistent.
Whether it’s because of late night shifts or too many last minute essays, you have messed up your sleep cycle and there’s no turning back. Unless, you really want to put in the effort to work on a more regular and consistent sleep cycle.
3. Have you heard of sleep apnea?
The most common type is obstructive which means your breathing is shallow and sometimes even discontinued resulting in poor quality sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.
4. You may have a bipolar disorder or ADHD.
These types of disorders usually cause longer sleeping periods which might explain why you’re harder to wake in the morning. In such case, a proper diagnosis from your doctor may be necessary, so don’t hesitate to consult for guidance.
5. It’s in your genes.
There’s up to 15 regions of your genome that predicts if you are or not a morning person including 7 specifically associated in regulating your circadian rhythm. So next time, someone makes you feel bad for not being an early bird, you can blame genetics!
If you really want to retire from the night owl clan, it can only be a question of habit to change your fate. Although society may look down on us for being evening people, there’s actually interesting perks of being programmed to such ways. If you’re interested in knowing what are these benefits in a future post, make sure to let me know!
For more information you may want to consult the references below:
- Why can’t I wake up?
- Early Bird or Night Owl? It May Be in Your Genes
- What Is Circadian Rhythm?
- Why is it So Hard to Wake Up in the Morning?