Early to bed and early to rise…makes me one tired woman by 9pm. However, I have always been a morning person and I enjoy the peace and quiet of the pre-dawn hours. I like to watch the sunrise. I enjoy hearing the birds announce the day.
My early habits began in childhood when we worked in the fields. We got up while it was still dark and got to work quickly to avoid being out in the heat of the afternoon. We were often home by lunch and ready to rest for a while. Sometimes we returned to the fields if we were in the middle of a harvest, but most often we stayed in or near the house until the sun began to slide back to the west. There was always cleaning or cooking or laundry that had to be done. Dad had things to fix or build.
My mother was also an early bird. She was usually up and drinking her second cup of coffee before I dragged my body out of bed. She frequently had her hair fixed, and her makeup on as well. She hated to be seen without it! And it seemed as though she started working the minute she was out of bed. When I awoke she was often busy planning our lunch, preparing part of it, or hanging a load of clothes on the line before we had to leave for the fields.
I don’t have to do the kind of work my mother did, so I am usually working at the computer from 4-6:30 am. I take a break and have breakfast, put a load of clothes in the washer, work for another hour and then give some attention to the house or errands. On gardening days I try to get outside by 7am. In the summer I generally let the mood of the day dictate what I do in the afternoon- read, watch television, research a little more, take pictures, visit FB.
My grandmother always said that morning people were happier than “night owls”. She believed that evil things happened late at night and that night owls often got into trouble simply because they were out and about at the wrong time. I’m not sure I agree with her, but I do know that I belong in bed long before midnight! When I worked for Macy’s I often worked until ten or eleven at night and I was grumpy and out of sorts the next day. We all have our natural rhythms and routines and mine seems to need the sunrise.
So if you can’t sleep and you find yourself awake at 4am, you can be sure you are not alone!