The dilemma of not being a morning person

saucer_cafe_table_18374_l.jpegIt is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
– Aristotle

Never, not ever in my entire lifespan have I ever liked getting up in the morning. There is that cotton head feeling, bleary eyes…stumbling to get ready.  My team mates make fun of me almost every morning (good thing I am so cheery huh?)….because they know I am like Oscar the Grouch before my 1st (and usually only cup of coffee) in the morning hours.  I am up normally around 6am and that is to beat the local St. Louis traffic.  (TRUST ME) growing up in rural Southern Indiana and despite my Army travels I have always been accustomed to smaller cities and their traffic.

My brain usually kicks in I would say around lunchtime.  Not much of a night owl either.  probably in between somewhere.  Though when the alarm does go off I am bounding out of bed like a triathlete ready to conquer the day however spiritually I would much rather take a few more zzzz’s and feel pampered…..Now as I sit here plugging along on my keyboard I am seriously considering leaving for break early to drink my delicious cup of joe. THANK GOD FOR COFFEE!

Some interesting info regarding this predicament:

What makes some of us “night owls”–people who perk up in the evening and don’t go to bed until 2 a.m. (or even later)–while others are “larks”–early birds who wake up bright-eyed and ready to go at the crack of dawn? The answer lies mostly in our internal body clock, which is largely determined by our genes. In addition to driving our 24-hour (or circadian) sleep-wake cycle, this clock regulates hormone levels, body temperature, blood pressure, alertness and performance ability.

The cycles themselves are controlled mainly by a region within the brain’s hypothalamus known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (what a mouthful). This area responds to signals from the retina, specifically, the light that travels from our eyes to our brain, which is the most important factor in orienting our bodies to daytime alertness and night-time sleep.

Some solutions:

1-2) Exercise

3) Alarm clock

You can cold brew low acid coffee at home, (????)but remember caffeine (like most stimulants) is most effective when applied in a low dosage at intervals over the required shift. (Not for me….I need a heavy shot)….

According to the individual who wrote this piece he feels that  nobody is naturally nocturnal, and that no one actually likes getting up in the morning (I wonder about this….I have seen some really happy people here at work..all smiles and poking fun at my crabby ass)- these are habitual behaviors and nothing more. (Though I do begin to warm up and am my usual optimistic self once my brain cells are awake)….With a little discipline and some time you will begin to notice positive changes in regards to your bodies reactions to your daily schedule, as it stands now the two are at odds with each other.

Body-clock dilemma: “Help! I over-sleep and am late to work a lot!”
Reset solutionsThe only clock your boss is likely to care about is the one that says you’re a half-hour late. So to get yourself going earlier in the morning, you need to get enough sleep the night before — seven to nine hours for most people. “Make it a point to never watch the 11 o’clock news,” advises Timothy Monk, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and director of the Human Chronobiology Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Not only is it on too late, but the stories can overstimulate you, making it harder to fall asleep. The same goes for scary movies or stressful activities like paying your bills. Instead, try to wind down with a good book or warm bath about 90 minutes before bedtime. Avoid bright lights, caffeine and alcohol.

When morning comes, take a short walk outdoors or open all your window shades and eat breakfast in the glow of natural light. “Get as much light into your eyes as possible first thing in morning,” Monk says. This helps your brain register that it’s time to be alert. Strong coffee can jump-start your day as well, he adds.

Once at work, keep your body clock in mind when scheduling tasks: Plan easier activities — e-mail correspondence or organizational projects — first thing in the morning whenever possible because you’re not operating at your mental best. Late morning, such as 11 a.m., through the lunch hours is better for challenging tasks, such as a meeting that requires you to think on your feet.

Body-clock dilemma: “I can’t keep my eyes open after lunch.”
Reset solutions Built into our circadian cycle is what researchers call a “post-lunch dip,” though this afternoon sleepiness tends to occur whether or not you’ve had a midday meal. The dip happens around 2:30 for most people, though larks may begin to nod off sooner and owls later.