Thursday, April 15, 2010

M Is For Morning Person

A morning person wakes up happy - at 5:00 AM. She spreads words of cheer to all who pass within her orbit. As I meet her I send out a hearty greeting "shut the hell up!" Can't you see I'm sleeping? Don't let the walking and talking and drinking a venti coffee fool you.

Nothing worthwhile in life happens before 11 am. This is the mantra I would LIKE to live by. But in the beginning, all the morning people got up first and set the rules before we night owls were even awake. They created the start times for school, and work. Set up routines for when we should sleep, eat, play, do homework, even pray. And to make sure future generations of night owls wouldn't revolt and change the rules, they created moronic sayings to support their position and passed them down from generation to generation: "the early bird gets the worm", "early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, blah, blah, blah.

It's unknown how many night owls still exist. Many succumb to societal pressures to become a morning person, or at least look like one, rather than be labeled as lazy, self indulgent, etc. I have no actual data, but I believe that many of our culture's achievements can be traced to an enterprising night owl, trying to make it in the morning person's world: coffee, energy drinks, NoDoz ®, 5 hour energy shots. And on the other end of the spectrum: sleep aids (for going to sleep before your body is ready because you have to wake up before it's time). The todo list is very likely the night owl's invention - a way to keep track of important items even while half asleep. Checking items off the list came later. It was added by a morning person trying to prove how much more she accomplished each day by getting up early.

M is for morning person, but approach them with caution, lest you find yourself dealing with an SdNO - Sleep Deprived Night Owl, in disguise. You can look for the warning signs: excessive yawning before noon, drooping eye lids, being last to leave every party, placing 2:00 AM phone calls. Better yet, just keep it down until afternoon. Some of us are trying to sleep, and you might regret having disturbed us.

This post is linked to Jenny Matlock's alphabe-Thurday. Check out the other great M posts!


  1. What do you call the night-owl who was forced by her early bird children to become one of them? Nice M post, and welcome to class.

  2. I wish I was a morning person. I'm really not but I try. I have to have a lot of coffee to get me going. What kills me is the people that get up and eat breakfast right away. I usually can't eat anything until about 1 or so LOL.

  3. I thought I was a morning person until I had a toddler that got up at 5:30 a.m.

  4. My husband is a morning person, I am a night owl. It is the only thing we got wrong on our premarriage test. It is soooo hard sometimes to pretend to be awake.

  5. I am not a morning person but I have to be at work by 7. Thank goodness for caffeine!

  6. I started out as an early morning person, but after 25 years of marriage to a night owl, I think I'm a mid-morning person! It actually works out pretty well to be married to someone with a different clock -- once you decide to ignore all the marriage counselors who say it's a bad idea. You are guaranteed a little "alone" time in the bed --to really stretch out and snooze! And you also get some "alone" awake time, which is good for sanity.

    The early person can get the kids off to school, while the late person can wait up for teenagers to get home, or take care of the crying baby, or let the dog out for a potty emergency. And we can make serious headway on road trips!

    I, for one, am grateful my husbands clock compliments mine,instead of being identical to mine. But, yes, it is hard not to act cheerful when he first rolls out of bed....

  7. First of all...Class...please welcome the new student to class!


    And what a Marvelous post to start out with.

    Well written, thought provoking and just a Mesmerizing post on our little Alphabe-Thursday's journey through the letter "M"!

    Thank you for participating!


  8. I am not a morning person. I would much rather live life on a different schedule.