After attempting to alter my life and become diurnal rather than nocturnal, I’ve learned a few things.

  • Diurnal people are annoying when they brag about how much they get done before YOU get out of bed.
  • I act like an 8-year-old when it comes to bedtime.
  • Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on work performance.
  • This experiment is more challenging than I thought.

This was a rough summer for a number of reasons, and I didn’t get to fully realize my goal of being a diurnal person when the chains of work broke.  I HAVE to get up at 5:30 and be at work by 7, so this requires me to wake every morning whether I like it or not.  I was curious to see if I could wake up at 7 or 8, like many diurnals do, without the crutch of an alarm clock.  I wanted to see if I could get up, refreshed, revived, and ready to take on the day like in a breakfast food commercial.   I didn’t get to experiment.

I was up at all times this summer hanging at a rest home, planning a funeral, planning an anniversary party, attending Comic-Con, flying to New York City and Philadelphia.  I set my alarm for almost every morning.  What a drag.  Not only did I neglect the experiment this summer, but I also didn’t really enjoy my time off.  It was functional, as in, “I’m glad I had this time off so I could take care of all of this stuff.”  But sleep still taunts me night after night.  I still fantasize about going to sleep immediately after returning each night from work.  I still drag my corpulent body out of bed in the morning and depend on the shower to bring me to life.

I just read that nocturnal people are actually more evolved than diurnal people since the world is a now a global community working 24 hours a day.  The article also said that nocturnal people are typically more intelligent…but also die younger, tend to not procreate, and have bad eating habits.  Yep, more evolved.  That’s me.  The experiment/torture continues.