It’s 6AM + your alarm goes off. Are you ready to hop out of bed, lace up your sneakers, + join the rest of the #6AMCrew — or does the thought of working out at this hour make you cringe instead? Fast forward to 10PM. Are you meal-prepping for the week ahead, on your way to the library for a late-night study sesh… or are you winding down for the night, brushing your teeth + slipping under your coziest blankets with a book? We live by our routines, whether we notice them or not ++ while we may not be able to change our habits completely, we can utilize the times we function best by planning out our days [+ knowing when to give ourselves a break]. Whether you’re an early bird or night owl, let time be on your side with these helpful tips —
DUSK OR DAWN
According to studies, our internal biological clocks are predetermined by genetics. Our circadian rhythms control the 24-hour daily cycle of all our physiological processes, sleep + wake cycles included. Research has found that one *clock* gene in particular is longer in early birds than in night owls, which may account for why some people are so strongly predisposed to waking + sleeping at certain times. Long story short — if you’re a morning-person, it’s hard to become a night-person, + vice versa.
RISE + SHINE
Regardless of what time you wake up, if you’re used to sipping your coffee slowly in the morning, reading your favorite CHAARG blogs + planning for the day ahead, you might be an early bird. There’s a reason why we associate waking up before sunrise with being more proactive throughout the day — early birds are notorious perfectionists, more resistant to obstacles + with a generally happier outlook on life. They’re also more organized + detail-oriented, so break out that planner + make the most of your daylight hours. While night owls often find themselves sleeping in past breakfast, early birds might decide it’s the perfect time to try out a new #SBFP recipe [or two : )].
People generally assume that *the early bird catches the worm* but luckily there’s good news for all the night owls, too! This study suggests that nocturnal individuals are actually more intelligent than their early-rising counterparts + more likely to seek new experiences // explore the unknown. They’re considered creative thinkers, as brain activity increases past midnight — perfect for finishing up those last-minute homework deadlines. Night owls also experience improved mood + greater physical strength during the evening hours, so if you’re looking to make the most of your time in the gym, 6-8PM is your bet for the best #GAINZ. Once your head finally hits the pillow, try sleeping with the curtains or blinds open + let that natural sunshine wake you up instead of hitting the snooze alarm. ; )
Like everything else, setting a routine is all about compromise. In between balancing what you have to do with what you want to do, keep in mind that there are certain times your mind + body work best during. Make sure to listen to yourself + figure out what works for YOU <3
++ Alyssa M [amatts_inchaarg] // UConn CHAARG