March 11, 2014

It's Impossible. It's Intractable. What Is One To DO?

Here is the main problem with my life. It does not fit in with my circadian rhythms.

I am a Night Person, a Woman of the Dark. I function better in the evenings. I have never been a Morning Person - or if I was, it was so long ago that it has faded into the Eternal Night of my lost memories.

I do not jump out of bed perky and fresh in the mornings. I struggle into consciousness, blinking and foggy, and pull myself into a horizontal position by sheer force of will. I climb the stairs and check the kids are awake for school, and then drag myself to the fridge where I get out an orange and collapse again at the table to eat it*. If a child attempts to speak to me at this point, they will get a grunt. Perhaps a begrudging wave. I do not speak before I have had my coffee. At least not willingly. Or with any semblance of sense.

A problem of the ages (pun intended)

After my orange, I have my coffee, and then I am able to converse. But my brain doesn't warm up for at least another couple of hours. I can tidy and pay bills and maybe write a nice, light blog post, but I can't do any work of substance until later in the morning.

Sadly, though, it's when night falls that my powers of creativity really kick in. After eight, when the little one is asleep, and the big kids are watching TV and playing Minecraft doing homework, that's when it hits me. When the dishes are piled up on the sink and the school lunches are waiting to be made and there is a pile of laundry to be put in the machine... suddenly the genius idea strikes. I need to go to my computer and write.

And then I'm on fire. From eight until way after the kids go to bed, I am surfing the web and tweeting working like a demon. I feel energised and inspired. I could go all night.

Until it is midnight, and I realise I cannot see straight, and that I am never going to be able to get up in the morning. And then I fall into bed, and two minutes later the alarm goes off, and the whole maddening cycle begins again.

It's impossible. It's intractable. There is no solution.

Can anyone else relate at all? What is one to do?

*I always eat an orange first thing in the morning (see this old post, here)


  1. I can't help you with this one... I'm such a lark! It's a wonder that we actually cross-swords on social media given that we're so different...

    I wake up early and quickly - do most of my best work before 3pm - the rest of the day is more of a gradual wind-down before going to bed at 10pm...

    But the world would be boring if we were all the same - hooray for larks, and viva la knight-owls!


  2. I am completely exhausted all day, then night falls, the kids are asleep, the dishes are on the sink and I sit down on fb and twitter while watching foxtel until at least 11pm

  3. Yep! I do my best writing at night when the house is quiet and I can hear the voices in my head. (The creative ones of course)

  4. I am a night owl, thanks for the relationship advice on twitter, might just hang on to hubby (the early morning guy) a little longer. I write at night, even though I know most zen types think that 5am is the perfect time to start the day.

  5. Yep, I would happily rise at 2pm and work through till 5am or longer, then sleep for 10 hours, repeat. I wish I could construct my life around my circadian rhythm. My body just doesn't work on the 24hr clock. :-( lol

  6. Jo @ BabbleOn City blogMarch 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I am so not a morning person. Never have been. I would like to be. I really would. It would be nice to be more in sync with my husband who gets up at sparrows (5.30am ... wtf?!!!).
    I'm a night owl too, Kerri. Once all the daily stuff is sorted, then I sit down and get into the creative flow. It's not idea ... but it works :o)x


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