Losing sleep: How night owls live by night and manage sleep deprivation

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  • glendenbg Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    I'm glad the D-News published this article, but as a lifelong night owl I also found the article a little frustrating.

    Night owls are sleep deprived because we live in a world where school and work happen in the morning and during the day when our natural body rhythm wants us to be asleep. It's not being a night owl that leads to the various ailments the doctor identifies - it's sleep deprivation caused by a world that thinks if you aren't up at the crack of dawn, you're lazy.

    My own experience is that when I honor my body's natural rhythms I do better. In college, I made Dean's List the semesters I arranged my life in tune with my night owl nature. I had afternoon classes, so I could sleep till lunch time, go to class, go to dinner, exercise, then study well into the early, pre-dawn hours, usually without interruptions. I pulled almost straight As (one A minus) those semesters.

    Early to bed, early to rise works for some folks, but not all and that's okay.

  • Impressionist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    I've been averaging 3 hours of sleep a day for over 35 years and I'm still lucid enough to write this sentence and wait for your responses. I also have an IQ of 135, and I have so much to do.

  • inacrazyworld North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 5:48 p.m.

    This article embodies the stereotype of what a "night owl" is. Being a night owl does not by definition imply that someone is suffering from sleep deprivation. I identify myself as a "night owl" but I get anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep each night. I do not have trouble sleeping. I do however go to bed late (12am -1am) almost every night but get up about 8-9am every morning. Yes, I have a hard time getting to sleep and my mind is slow to start in the morning and slow to spin down at night and my most productive hour is at 11pm. In the past I have shifted my sleep schedule to 10pm-6am and it worked out just fine but didn't change the fact that my energy levels ramp up near the end of the day instead of at the beginning like a "normal" person. There is nothing wrong with being a night owl even though the writer would imply otherwise, some of us are just wired differently.