Java Talk: Are You A Day Or Night Person?


Are you the type to stay up late and find your creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the morning? Or are you a morning person who as soon as awakened, all manner of ideas are popping like fire crackers in your head, like me? 


I tell people not to ask me any tough questions or be asked to do anything very involved after 3-4 p.m. My brain just kind of goes to la-la-land. I mess projects up. My decision-making is suspect. My poor old brain just stops cranking things out. The factory doors seem to close.

But come morning, I pop out of bed and hit the floor mat for yoga stretching. Then my cereal and coffee while I'm reading email. Before I get out of bed, I let myself lie there awhile as the many ideas are fermenting in my brain. Coalescing into projects.

Even as a child, I was a morning person. Come nightfall, I want to just vegetate and rest. As a teenager, I didn't stay up late and I didn't get up late. I'm still that way. 

Amazingly enough, I didn't start drinking coffee till I turned about 50, seven years ago. The ideas are simmering before I ever get to my cup of coffee. Weird, huh?

So which are you? And when do your creative juices kick in? When do you get the most done?







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  1. You and I are kindred spirits! I get all my creative ideas and energy in the morning and by 9:00 PM I'm a puddle!

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    1. As some people would say, I just plain "peter" out a few hours after lunch.

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  2. Good morning Brenda. I think I've mentioned to you that I get up early, very early sometimes for various reasons, kitties for one.. . I've always been an early to bed, early to rise girl.

    My routine lately, has been to watch The Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and then head for bed.. I don't always go right to sleep if there's something good on TV.

    If I'm going to do anything of any consequence, it has to be done before noon.. Even then, I take a break and read my e-mail or visit your and other special blogs that I like. This morning I went to the grocery store, came home and put dinner in the oven to cook slowly..

    I was raised that way and it has stuck with me.. My Dad had to leave for work at five a.m. and my parents and I went to bed early for that reason..

    I'm no good around four o'clock in the afternoon. I would rather not have to cook anything for anybody..

    I do not know, for the life of me, how people stay up until the wee hours of the morning cleaning, watching TV or anything else.. I have a friend who does that but then she sleeps most of the day..

    I think this is an interesting subject for today.. Enjoy your morning.. Put you feet up this afternoon.
    Charlotte

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    1. I would hate to sleep most of the day and miss so much! There are the birds and coolness of the mornings when I go out and clip and snip my flowers. I saw a beautiful dragonfly this morning. A robin sang to me from the roof. I just don't think that night time would give me all these pleasures I feel so blessed to have.

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    2. I totally agree with you Brenda.. I think the only thing you'd see at night are lightening bugs. They are fun though.

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    3. As a night person, I have to say that I love the quietness and peacefulness of the late night when neither creatures nor humans are stirring...I think that's why some people can get so much done at that time (I'm not an EXTREME night person...I go to bed between 11-12).

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  3. I've always been a night owl. I think better starting in the late afternoon. I have to keep a journal notebook on my bedside table for those middle of the night inspirations. Somethings I can get done late at night, like my crafting, but the furniture projects have to wait for daylight. Power tool noise doesn't go over well with the family or neighboors in the wee hours of the night. So I usually work on those between noon and 6pm. I am not a functioning human being when I wake up. I need 2 hours and lots of coffee before I can make decent conversation without biting off heads.

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    1. I know lots of people who are ornery as a mad donkey before they've had a few cups of java!

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  4. Good morning, Miss Brenda! I'm here early today, but only because I have a doctor's appointment later this morning. So I took a personal day.

    I've always been a night owl since I was newborn. I always got my best work done during the night. Now it's a little more difficult for me since I have banking-type work hours. I'm not sure I will ever really get used to it. I'm only averaging about 3-5 hours of sleep a night. I've been making myself go to bed by midnight. At first, I would toss and turn until about 2am. But I've noticed lately it's more like 1:00-1:30 when I finally doze off. My creative hours is any time I can find the time now. I'm not nearly as creative as you are, but I love cooking, especially baking and cake decorating, refurbishing furniture, and I dabble in photography. Oh, and I play the piano. I've been playing piano since I was 8 years old and I still play on the same upright from the time I started taking lessons way back when. That's pretty much the extent of my creativity... again, only if I find the time.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Carol

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    1. Have you tried OTC Melatonin to sleep? Helps me. My internist in TX actually suggested it.
      Brenda

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    1. What is the point of posting if no one can read what you said. ?

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  6. I used to think I was a night person, then I started getting up early and also staying up late. So I guess I'm a Mornight lady.

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    1. You have to get your at least eight hours to stay healthy, Ms. Bliss! How many kids do you still have at home? I imagine that makes a difference on sleep patterns.

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  7. Morning person! :) I like to get up early, around 5 or so. I feel that I have a head start on the day. At 6 I have a date with a squirrel, lol. He'll be on the chair outside looking in at the cat, who is looking at him, but he just sits there waiting for me to notice him and go out with a few peanuts.
    Now, my youngest son is a night owl and he's usually still up at 3 or 4...so when he spent the night on the couch the other night and I was opening the living room door to go outside before 6 ( for my date ) he was groaning and rolling over on the couch, thinking that I was crazy :)


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    1. That's funny that that squirrel seems to tell time. I was never one to stay up real late and sleep late. Just not my nature.

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  8. Good morning, ladies. When I was young, I was definitely a night person. Also, didn't need much sleep! Now, I'm a very early morning person. Up by 4:30, watch the sun rise, and get right to it. I'm in bed by 8:30 or 9:00. Except when my year old granddaughter spends the night! She's go, go, go until 11:00! So excited to spend the night!

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    1. I certainly don't get up that early. Wish I could. I need at least 8 hours sleep or I'm fairly worthless.

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  9. I am forced to be a morning person because I have to be at work at 8am. Sometimes when I should be brushing my teeth, getting ready for bed at 9:30, I instead have a hammer in one hand and tape measure in the other. If I get a bug up my bottom late at night and want to work on an on going project, well I do not do so well the next day. I have to tell myself, put down the hammer.....it is bedtime.

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    1. I'm too tired of walking and being on my feet by 6 p.m. to do anything. But before I hurt the ankle, I was doing stuff after my evening shower, getting sweaty, and having to take a shower again!

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  10. Not a morning person. Late afternoon. I will stay awake on my kindle Fire till 3 or 4 in the morning till I get everything read, emails, ebay, Pinterest, FB. Just feel more creative late. This was not always the case. But older now and this is how I am. :)

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    1. I guess we just are how we are wired. I remember as a teen everyone was sleeping in. And sleeping in for me was 8 a.m. The older I get, the slower I go!

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  11. I'm certainly a day person. Even when I was much younger, I could never stay up all night and haven't ever understood the need to be up late. I'm just not wired that way. I also don't understand folks that get up very early (ie. 5:00 AM) and then nap all day. Like you said, so much of the day gets missed that way.

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    1. Like you, Gina, I want the full daytime hours. Five a.m. is simply too early for me to make it through the day. And I can't sleep in the daytime. I use to have daytime shows I watched, but I don't turn on the tv until after my evening shower back in the bedroom. I chose not to have a tv in the living room.

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  12. I am a morning person for sure!!! It started as a child, as my grandparents were early farm risers. I now get up around 5 AM, as by little Bella is my alarm clock!!!! She really loves breakfast, and can't wait to get to it!!!! I get about 7 hours of sleep, and would like more, but I just can't get to bed earlier....

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    1. Seven hours would be my absolute minimum of necessary sleep. Sometimes I sleep ten hours, after the ankle incident. My body seems to just need more rest after that.

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    2. I broke my leg once, and told the Dr. that I was always tired. He told me that the human body spends a lot of energy mending it self!

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  13. I, too, am a morning person. When first retired I would sleep in the afternoon and then couldn't go to bed very early. I have found that if I just lay down around 4 pm and don't sleep but listen to a tape or just relax it is like I slept but still am tired to go to bed at a decent hour. My husband will close his eyes after lunch and he says the same thing. You feel refreshed and yet can go to bed at a decent hour. Now my sister from the time she was born was a night owl and still is. She goes to bed late and wakes up late. She even looked for jobs that worked for her. Her husband is the same way so glad they found each other.

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  14. When I was married, he'd sleep in on weekends long after I was up. I am so glad to live alone now! I will do quiet things like sit with the dogs while on the laptop after about 3 p.m. Then I have to go out and water before my shower. I live a very scheduled life.

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  15. My brain seems to kick into gear as soon as I pack up at the office, so about 4pm I am ready to take on the world! Maybe I should change my shift pattern :-) It takes me a long time to wake up and get into my regular routine but in the evening I feel more relaxed and have my me time to create and concentrate.

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    1. You work outside the home, so you have to accommodate your "creative" time when you can fit it in.

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  16. I am definitely an evening person! After dinner is when I go up to my studio and start "playing"...

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    1. Isn't it funny how some of us crow with the roosters and others blink with the owls!

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    2. Sounds like fun. I never even go anywhere after 5 p.m.!

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  17. Brenda, I am draggy in the am , but I rise early. I stay up pretty late also. I like to make things with others . Like buddy projects. Such fun. If it takes you a while to get going, you sure work while you are at it. Because you have worked wonders with your little blue house and now your condo living. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I don't jump into projects with both feet like I use to when I was younger. When I felt like I could do anything and at any time.

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    2. You do jump in with both feet sometimes....look at your house/kitchen

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  18. I am most definitely a morning person. I always have been and I don't consume caffeine. My brain shuts down at night so I try not to do anything important then. xo Laura

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    1. Wonder if this has anything to do with our age, Laura?

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  19. I'm much more like Judy, though I don't stay up until 2 a.m.! I go to bed between 11-12. I am "worthless" first thing in the morning. I head straight for my french press to make coffee and then I have to take time to wake up, which means turning on my laptop and reading email and scanning FB while I drink my coffee. If Brian has the rare morning at home, he knows better to not even talk to me until after I'm showered and dressed! I get a little tired in the afternoons, but by evening, I'm raring to go again.

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  20. I couldn't wake up with coffee because I have to have something in my stomach first before I can drink it. I too read email while I drink mine.

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  21. I wish I knew what I was! Ha! I know I'm not a morning person for the most part and I'm envious of those that can pop out of bed with the light of day. More like 9:00 a.m. for me. And I go to bed pretty early, too. 10:00 p.m. I know, I'm a slug and I'm sleeping my life away. I think I could stay up later but hubby likes to turn in early. I'd like to read or watch TV in bed but can't because of that. And I toss and turn a lot, getting my best sleep after 1:00 so I guess that's why I sleep later. Surprisingly, I'm not moody at all in the morning no matter what time I get up. Can I also add that I sometimes sneak in a nap. Sleep...love it!

    Jane

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  22. When I was younger I was a night person, but I would say since turning 50 I am a early morning person. I have so much energy when I wake, I want to my projects or whatever I've planned done early. I hate starting a project, leaving the house then back to project. For whatever reason that seems to stress me out. If I have thing or errands to do, I do them, and then come and create. I don't drink coffee, but I have 1 cup of good strong tea. For the rest of the day I drink decaffeinated hot/ice tea depending on weather. I am a high energy person, I don't need any help in that area. Caffeine makes me feel frazzled It's been raining here for 5 days straight, and right now I could fall asleep, but I never takes napes, sleeping at night is most important. I have always needed minimum 8 hours sleep, more like 9 I feel good!

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  24. I'm definitely a night owl. When I was reporting in court I had to work on transcripts in the evening after dinner, and I was much more productive in the evening than say getting up at 5 a.m. and trying to work on them. I'd just sit there staring into space, my brain was mush. I don't sleep a lot, but somewhere a long the way I taught myself to take power naps, so 5 or 10 mins and I'm up and going again.

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    1. I've tried to sleep during the day. A few times in my life I actually have slept, but it pretty much has to be dark outside for me to sleep. I'd be in a mess if I had to work shifts, wouldn't I!

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  25. I want to be a Brenda but I am definitely a Judy. I want to get up early and get cracking but I'm usually awake at 2 am. Not that I'm being very productive at all lately but definitely a night owl! xo J

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    1. At night sometimes I'll think, I'm going to get a magazine and thumb through it (I keep a lot of my old decorating and gardening magazines). Then I'll get in bed and open it up and my eyes tell me, nope, it's too late. And I'll know it's time to go to bed. I have stayed up till 10:30 a time or too, but then it seems to knock me off my sleep schedule. Ten thirty is kind of late for me!

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    2. I'm new at this blog and loving it! I look forward to it every day! I have one question: Who is Judy?

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  26. Well, you've blown my cover!! I have always been a night owl. I really start generating ideas around ten at night and then am really ambious for 4-5 hours. I love that time of the night when the phone isn't ringing, the doorbell isn't belling, and can get a lot of stuff done. But, then I get up about 8 o'clock and am pretty active. My mornings are kind of slow motion but I start coming alive by noon and really get wound up by late afternoon. I love sitting in the middle of my king size bed cutting out pillows. Bella goes to sleep and I don't seem to bother her at all. I can sew because John is asleep and it doesn't bother him either. So, it's just such a productive time for me. Course I go thru 2-3 2 liter bottles of Diet Coke in a day also. I'm sure that doesn't have anything to do with my sleeping patterns. I've just always been that way.

    Judy

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    1. My word, I couldn't go through 2-3 two liter bottles of anything in three weeks time! I can't drink more than water after 6 p.m. or I'm up all night going to the potty. I know your phone and doorbell does take up a lot of your time, so definitely the nighttime ours are yours.

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  27. Night Owl, Night Owl, Night Owl!! The only problem with that is that I have to work and I do struggle to get up and get myself ready in the morning, but come night time, I just can't sleep :) Blessings to all, Cindy

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    1. Spray some lavender on your linens, it soothes a person. Relaxes them to sleep.

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  28. My natural inclination is to be a night owl. When I worked as a young nurse, I worked various shifts and took call periodically for the Operating Room. But 11pm-7am shift was a struggle, I worked that for a year and hated it. I took a few years off when my children were born, then went back to work at an Ambulatory Surgery Center. We were small, so you had to be able to function in 3-5 areas: Pre-Op, Surgery, Recovery, Laser, and GI Lab. I did all 5. My work arrival time depended on which area I was working in that day, 6am, with increments in between to 9:30am. I did that for 20 years. But at least it was Mon through Fri. Add to that that my husband is an Electric Serviceman (a specialized type of Lineman) for the Power Co, who rotated all 3 shifts, and had rotating various weekly schedules because their dept has to cover 365 days a year. Plus, lots of OT and sometimes travel to other states to help with catastrophic damage. The longest he was ever gone was for Hurricane Wilma. So, we have never lived a normal routine life. I retired 2 years ago, but he is still working, and hopes to retire next yr at age 62 after 43 years of service. So, I kind of find myself following whatever shift he is working. I hope when he retires, we may finally be able to establish some sort of routine!

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  29. I'm a night owl...always have been. I get a lot of crafting done after everyone has gone to sleep.
    ~Cindy

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  30. I'm a late night person. My natural bio-rhythms have me up around 9am and asleep by midnight or so. I have had to change that over the years (children, jobs) but it's how I operate the best.

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  31. Morning person here. I wake up around 5:30am. Try as I might, I cannot sleep in. My brain starts cranking out things to do that day, so I just get up and get with it. I usually require a cat nap around 2:00 and then off to bed around 9:30. It is bedtime for me right now!!! I enjoy a bit of hand sewing or reading in the mornings especially out on the patio (if it is warm enough) where I can hear the birds greeting the new day. Some mornings I am awake even earlier. My husband will find me doing my ironing around 4:00 in the morning. I know I am weird, but ironing relaxes me and will even make me a bit sleepy so I can go back to bed.

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  32. Always have been a night person, drove my mama crazy because she was too and here I was, wide awake when she could probably have used her night time as quiet time. But like you, I do lie awake in bed awhile in the morning, thinking about what I hope to accomplish later in the day, and also listening to the sounds of my poultry and livestock outdoors...all the while my two cats are snuggled up next to me. Comforting and invigorating. Once I am up though I don't stop til late at night. Really LATE at night !

    I so appreciated this post and although I've rarely commented on your posts, I love your blog.

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  33. Good Morning Brenda,
    I am and always have been a morning person. I don't do nights well at all! I love to get up, have my coffee & breakfast then get started. But, by 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon, I am ready to just relax & enjoy the evening. I just retired a year ago, so this being home is all new to me. But, I have done crafts all my life & really enjoy being able to start them in the morning and play all day if I want too. My husband is still working, he retired back in 2005 and didn't like it. He is a truck driver, so I have about 4 days a week, that are absolutely mine. I love what you have done to your kitchen too. I love color too & of course red is my favorite! Have a wonderful day....

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  34. Goodmornning Brenda,
    I'm a morning person who is new to your blog. I look forward to reading your post each day. Hugs, Mj

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  35. I'm both. I enjoy the quiet of the morning when the birds are chirping, but I need my coffee first thing or I'm a bit grumpy. I usually will fall asleep around 1-2 and wake up around 8. Sometimes it varies. I like being this way because it gives me flexibility. If I gonked out by early evening, I know I would be missing out and it would be difficult to enjoy any social activities. What I've learned is not everyone needs eight hours of sleep. What's more important is the quality of sleep. I can function quite well on six or even five providing it was uninterrupted but there have been times when I've slept for eight hours and felt out of it the next day because it wasn't restful sleep.

    I have a friend who wakes up around 4:30, does all sorts of things before going to work. If she has something to do in the evening she might take a quick 30 minute nap late afternoon and then she's good till 11 or so. If not, she would more than likely go to sleep around 10. It's more of the 'farmer' lifestyle of early to bed,early to rise. She loves going to tag sales, btw, and is always the first one to grab the best deals, so I guess there is a distinct advantage to that!

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  36. I am unfortunately a night person. Always have been. I hate getting up early in the morning! I'm quiet and cranky when I do. I prefer to stay up late and then sleep late. However, I wish I was a morning person. That is what society runs on. So, I just have to deal with that when I have to be somewhere early or get up early for my son to go to school. So, needless to say, I'm enjoying being in my element this time of year! Staying up late to watch the late night talk shows and sleeping in to get up when I feel like it. Yay!

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  37. I am like Judy - stay up late working on projects. I like the quiet time in the house and time to myself with Steve and the dog asleep.

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