I Swear I’m Naturally Nocturnal! Apparently, Not as Uncommon as One May Think!

Some of you may or may not have noticed but I’m almost 100% positive that the majority of my posts so far have primarily been made in the middle of the night!

(Currently, beginning this one at just a little after 4 in the morning!)

Morning People vs. Night Owls!

These are two of the primary examples you will often hear some proclaim when discussing their various sleep patterns!

Obviously, a good majority of the population will not necessarily fall so rigidly into either of these two categories.

Research over recent years has, however, indicated that our internal clocks which indicate are differing sleep patterns are innate for the most part and are influenced by our genes!

It also suggests that these particular rhythms for each individual’s sleep habits are not something you can ever really change! In fact, it may actually be harmful to your health to attempt to differ from them!

In some cases certain people are even diagnosed with a condition called Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) which is the most extreme form of “nocturnal” behavior which may come with various other symptoms as well.

I recall once reading another study in which a group of individuals were monitored during a sleep study in which the participants were isolated in rooms without any windows, other forms of natural light, or ways to interpret the passage of time. I remember the scientists being very surprised that even some in these conditions truly did exhibit nocturnal behavior even without other influences over the period of the study.

I’ve read countless personal stories of people dealing with this throughout their entire lives as well. For some it is an endless struggle constantly present in their daily lives while others have simply found ways of life and/or careers that can cater to this.

Personally, a good majority of the various jobs I’ve held throughout my own life have allowed me this comfort. I think I’ve really only worked one major job in my life that ever required me to wake up early. All the others began usually no later than 2pm. Anytime I am ever forced to keep “normal hours” I am always constantly tired!

I’ve primarily been this way since my teens which is usually when this type of behavior will typically manifest. Sure, most teens do tend to stay up later but seldom does it follow well into their adult lives. I remember high school practically being a “second bedroom” to me because I just literally could not keep my eyes open most of the time.

Especially, more so when you are young this type of behavior can often be associated with being “lazy” which I always hated. People with nocturnal tendencies typically don’t get their full blown energy burst and motivation until well into the evening. For me, I’d say it’s primarily around midnight when I really start to peak and am like..

“LET’S GET SOME STUFF DONE!”

This clearly comes with varying amounts of different challenges. It makes it very difficult, even almost impossible some days, to accomplish simple everyday normal tasks. Many businesses and organizations keeping in some cases set 9-5 hours of operation. I remember reading a fellow “nocturnal-er” joking once about how we should all just make our own little town somewhere and everything could just be open at night! Ha ha!

Usually, anytime I ever have to do anything that involves me to be up early I just end up staying up the entire night. Typically, going through the whole day without sleeping again until the following night.

(You really do start to lose it a pinch once you start pushing past 48 hours for the record!)

Having dealt with this almost my whole life it’s become fairly normal to me for the most part. Just kind of is what it is I suppose? I’ve almost come to like it in some ways. Peaceful and such?

Interesting side note!

My one sister has joked with me since we were younger that I am a “Vampire,” ha ha!

So, I do kind of hate the sun?

Really, all bright lights in general for that matter…

I have sensitive eyes! Leave me alone!

Sadly, if any of you folks like me may suffer from a similar “ailment” it looks like that’s never going to change!

At least, until maybe we get old and gray!

So, better get used to it!

As always, Thank you so much for Reading!

Sleep Well!

“Train Windows” by Murray Thompson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

“Moon Tile”by Gary Denness is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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