Thursday, October 18, 2007

Night and Day

I freely admit that I'm a nightowl and have been for as long as I remember. The story goes that, before I was adopted at the age of 7 weeks, the nuns in the hospital would wait until all the other babies were asleep, then they would get me up and play with me. After I was adopted, my dad worked second shift, so it wasn't unusual that I was kept up late so he could see me at the end of his workday. As a young child, I would "read" books by the light of my nightlight, long after bedtime. I'd still rather stay up long past the time everyone is asleep and have my alone time, when I can get done the things that need doing.

But life doesn't always comply with our internal clocks, so I work around it and try to compromise, going to bed later than I should, getting up when I have to, and struggling with the loss of sleep later in the day. Today was one of those "struggle" days, so I managed to sneak a two hour nap this evening. Which of course meant that I'd be late posting to the blog.

I know a lot of nightowls, many of them writers. Michele Dunnaway mentioned in an earlier blog post that she writes in spurts when she has chunks of time. I have a feeling that many of us do the same. With other priorities, we have to sometimes save the things we love doing the most until later. I hope that means that we do them better because of that.

Are you a nightowl like me, saving your reading or writing until the day has settled into night and you can treat yourself to that quiet time? Or do you jump out of bed early, eager to start the day, with special times you've built in for your treats? Do you read/write during the day, or do you save it for later? By choice or by circumstance?

8 comments:

Megan Kelly said...

I'm right there with ya! Night time is my best time--most creative, most agreeable (which is a shame since I'm the only night owl in my house), :) and most peaceful. Maybe that's why we like the night. I edit during the day. Doing revisions right now is definitely a daytime chore. So, Roxann, you're not alone. Megan Kelly

Danny said...

I stay in bed as long as any particular day will permit and then stay awake as long as possible into the night, usually. It's nice to get to read or watch a movie without interruption. I'm the laziest night owl ever. Haha.

Ellen said...

Due to the fact that I had to get up early (read 5:00) for more years than I care to think about in order to be at school to get ready for the day I have had a hard time sleeping late since I retired. But I'm getting there. I have always stayed up late but it is getting later now (read 2:00 am) and I've been sleeping until 8:00 or so. I love to read late into the night.

Michele Dunaway said...

Sleep? What's that? I'm lucky if I get 6 good hours a night. I'm up daily at 5:15 and hate every bit of it.

Lily said...

I am a nightowl... love to read very late at nigh when everything is quiet!

lila said...

I read whenever I have the time... so it is more at night on week-days and day for week-ends.

Jennifer said...

I read and write from the time I get up until I go to bed as I have numerous interruptions throughout the day.

I prefer to read when I go to bed when the house is quiet and the work is done for the day. If it's a really good book, I read until I just can't keep my eyes open any longer. Then I get upset when I'm not up early in the morning. :)

Roxann Delaney said...

Wow! Lots of nightowls here! It's good to know I have company late at night. :)