Staying up late facilitates staying up late

As an “adult” I don’t have a required bed time, since I am lucky enough to have scheduled any items for around the middle of the day. So as long as I am within “reasonable human being” zone with my sleep schedule things work out just fine. Though I prefer early mornings.

The serotonin rush from a morning sunrise is an inexplicable feeling. There’s a near magical feeling to waking up before the world feels awake and watching as the world rises. The colors in the sky are a pallet so foreign to so many, yet they are perhaps more beautiful than the evening.

I look forward to waking up early, contrary to the belief of my teenage self. I also find it very easy to stay awake late, thanks to the many wonderfully productive distractions technology affords us. It is quite easy to find yourself suddenly in the morning of the next day, still working upon something from the night before.

At night when we are tired, the part of our brain which controls decision making becomes tired as well, making us more susceptible to less than desirable decisions.

Sometimes the thrill of a video game, the comedy of a TV show, or even the enjoyment of a book are all more fun sounding than getting ready for bed. Top that off with the fact that many of the fun distractions we enjoy happen to be online 24/7 and you can see why late nights are so common.

For those of us who wish to be early to sleep and early to rise it can be quite the challenge to force ourselves to sleep. We are predisposing ourselves to an easy outlet for staying up late. Here in lies the common advice of shutting down devices an hour or more before the time which you wish to get to sleep. No devices means no electronic distractions to feed on your tired mind.

If you’re trying to wake up earlier, disconnect earlier. The earlier sleep schedule will follow.