Does your night owl-ism affect your self esteem in your work life?
@admin: my intent here is not to sell the book, but to bring to light the legitimacy of night-owlism. Thanks.
Just finished Birds of a Different Feather by Carolyn Schur (which inexplicably sells for $154 used on Amazon and $14.95 new on her organization’s site). It’s an enlightening read for both early birds and night owls, but was conceived and is told from a night owl perspective. It is a sociological study of the two camps.
The book articulates perceptions that most of us share about night owls being lazy, partyers, etc. and about early birds being virtuous, go-getters, productive (and wet blankets at a party). It also articulates how little sympathy members of each group have for the other.
It also reveals that many of these perceptions while extremely difficult to shake, are not true. Night owls are no less productive if given the opportunity to work on their preferred schedule.
It demonstrates that alertness and productivity for each group are related to natural fluctuations in body temperature throughout the day on the order of 1 degree Celsius. Early birds experience a sharp rise in temperature in the morning and a sudden drop in the early evening. Night owls experience a very gradual rise in body temp throughout the day (which is why we are useless in the morning) and peak from late evening to late at night.
Lastly, it offers strategies for dealing with your biologically-based affliction and dealing with those who do not share your schedule, including significant others and coworkers.
After getting beat up in an 8 to 5 for so many years, understanding this topic has made me feel tons better. I hope this evangelization saves the chosen few from further misery.
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