Yes, I’m a night owl, unfortunately. Well, it’s not really unfortunate, I kind of don’t mind. I find that I’m most productive late at night, so I guess it all works out in the end. The only unfortunate part of being a night owl is that I only take morning flights out of TPA (my home airport), departing anywhere between 6AM and 9AM. Most often I’m on a 7AM flight, as I am tomorrow morning, meaning I have to get up at 4:30AM. That’s maybe an hour or two before when I typically go to bed.
So what’s one to do? I’ve tried just about everything. I find that I’m the most tired in the morning when I do what’s natural, which is going to bed at 3AM and napping for an hour or two. I don’t usually end up sleeping, since I’m scared I’ll miss my alarm. For a while I was just pulling all nighters, and then trying my best to get some sleep on the morning flight. But I’ve developed a new strategy, which, as crazy as it is, works better than the other two strategies I’ve tried in the past.
I typically get tired at around 8PM or so (I guess it’s my version of the afternoon crash), so I decide to go to bed then. While I’m dead tired, I always wake up at around 11:30PM, wide awake. Still that’s usually 3-4 hours of sleep, better than I’d get otherwise. Then I just work all night till it’s time to prepare for my flight.
Anyway, I’ve found it to be the next best thing to being a rational person and going to bed at a reasonable time.
So, fellow night owls, what’s your strategy?