10 Struggles Only Night People Understand

Part of my mission with this blog is to create a community of creative night people who are dedicated to creating lives that allow for flourishing at night and changing the way society operates. So I thought I would do a fun and slightly snarky post about some of the struggles night people deal with.


 

1. Everything being closed when you are awake

Where are the open 24 hour stores when you need them? Ok so I live outside Atlanta and it is not safe to be out at night in many places but there are safe areas. When I lived in Washington and worked the evening shift, I could go workout or go grocery shopping afterwards if I wanted to because of all of the places that were open 24 hours. Here, everything is closed by 10. I plan to move into the city though so it might be different then.

2. Being told that you will never be successful

I’ve read so many articles and blog posts about being successful and almost all of them say that you have to become a morning person. It may require some creative time management but I believe that being a night person doesn’t have to be a hinderance.

3. People freaking out when you call your first meal “breakfast” even though it is after 12 pm

Maybe I’m the only one who does this. My first meal of the day is breakfast, no matter what time of day it is. People can’t handle that for some reason. Seriously, even my parents can’t wrap their minds around my calling my first meal of the day breakfast if it is after noon. I have an aunt and uncle who will say “Good morning, I mean afternoon. Is that breakfast, I mean lunch?” It’s a way to remind me that there is something wrong with me. Breakfast is your first meal of the day regardless of what time it is. I don’t care who has a problem with that and neither should you.

4. Being called lazy

We are called lazy because we sleep while others are working. Meanwhile, we work while others are sleeping and somehow that doesn’t make them lazy.

5. Standard productivity practices don’t work

The vast majority of productivity tips involve getting as much done in the morning as possible, or at least getting your work done first thing. Of course, if you are most productive at the end of your day instead of the beginning of it, this doesn’t work.

6. Constantly being told that there is something wrong with you

If you are a night person, you are considered to be damaged in some way, even by other night people. You are depressed. You have a hormonal imbalance. I recently heard the phrase “delayed sleep phase syndrome”!  Seriously?! People are always trying to find a way to box in people who don’t conform. Claiming we have disorders is a good way to do it.

7. Your creative self waking up just when you are supposed to be going to bed

Every time I have a job that requires me to get up early, this becomes my most frustrating problem. Right as bedtime comes around, I get the urge to write or create something. I usually have to suppress that urge and go to bed if I want to function the next day. I end up losing a major part of myself during these times.

8. Constant advice about how to get to sleep earlier and wake up earlier

“Just go to bed earlier.”

“Thanks man, in all my years of living, I never thought to try that. You are amazing! You were able to solve this horrific problem in a couple of seconds while I’ve been struggling with it my whole life!”

That’s how I want to respond every time someone tells me to just go to bed earlier. Actually, I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me. When I tell them that I would just toss and turn for hours if I did that, they just give me a blank look.

9. Sending emails at 3 am and hoping that the recipient doesn’t notice the timestamp

I always wonder if people look at the timestamp on the emails I send and if they do what goes through their minds.

10. Morning people

Morning people drive me crazy. People are who they are and should be allowed to be who they are. But that doesn’t mean that I want to deal with chipper people first thing in the morning! I don’t even want to talk first thing in the morning. Seriously, if I woke up before 10 am, don’t talk to me until I’ve been awake for about 3 hours.

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