“The early bird gets the worm” is a common phrase used since the 1600s, and it became common because it’s true. The early bird does get the worm. 

Being a morning person is the best lifestyle you can choose for yourself, especially as a college student. 

Personally, I wake up at 6 a.m. every day knowing I don’t have to be at work until 8 a.m. Those two hours of free time allow me to go through my morning routine, drink a cup of hot coffee, eat my breakfast and prepare myself mentally for the day ahead. When I used to wake up 30 minutes before work, I would rush to get ready and barely have time to take a sip of my coffee. I don’t know about you, but that’s not the life I want to live. 

Going to sleep really late at night and waking up around noon cannot be the best lifestyle to go by. I think we have to look at the science behind us having to sleep at night. According to an article from John Hopkins Medicine, your body produces melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone, naturally at night. 

Another article from the Sleep Foundation said, exposure to light blocks the production of melatonin. When this happens before bed or during sleep, it can interfere with the sleep-wake cycle. 

In other words, the human body is programed to sleep during the night and be awake during the day. 

A bit over a week ago, another writer of The Pine Log argued in a different article that the night owl lifestyle was best because you don’t have to worry about when to hang out with friends around everyone’s busy day schedules. This is true. However, I don’t think staying up at night is the best solution. As college students, there are many things in our schedules beyond our control that happen in the early part of the day: classes, the professor’s office hours, work and appointments. All these things require you to be awake and alert, which is highly unlikely if you went to bed at 3 a.m.  

Another point presented was that the night brought about peace and quiet to be productive or “kick back and relax.” And I agree, I enjoy my peace and quiet too, but I easily get my dose of alone time in the early hours of the morning, when everyone else is asleep waiting for their alarms to go off. I can go and take a morning jog or walk with nothing more than the chirping of the actual early birds.  

I accept that being a night owl is a completely different lifestyle than my own and it is possible for some people. But I wouldn’t say it’s the best lifestyle for someone to live by. 

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