Are You a Lark, Owl or Hummingbird?

21-year-old supermodel, Gigi Hadid is a Lark. A morning person. She has said that she would rather sleep at home than be out partying. She likes to be in bed by 11pm and wake by 8am. 

Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer and mother of 4 is also a Lark. Up by 6am, exercising until 7am, showered and ready to start the day-early. Every day.

About 1 in 10 of us are Larks. Early chronotypes. AKA morning people. Larks report being most alert around noon and productive in the hour(s) prior to lunch. They don’t use an alarm clock, because they wake up before it rings. Often before 6am.  7 days a week. Larks report their favorite meal as breakfast (chipper inflection) and generally consume less coffee than non-Larks. Larks become drowsy in the early evening and want to head to bed around 9pm. They experience an energy lull in the mid-afternoon and a deep rest at this time will invigorate and refresh a Lark. And Larks know this.

Larks are freaks to the 1 in 10 people who lie at the opposite end of the sleep spectrum. Late chronotypes, or OWLS report being most alert around 6pm, and experience their most productive work times in the late evening. OWLS can instinctively stay up and be productive until 3am. OWLS need an alarm clock, or two, to wake them in the morning and could easily sleep until 10am. Late chronotypes’ favorite meal is dinner and they drink more coffee than other people. They are typically the poorest sleepers in society and accumulate a massive sleep debt as they go through life. OWLS too experience an energy lull mid-afternoon. A deep restful float at this time, would put a deposit in the sleep debt bank. Owls know this.

Famous night OWLS include South African comedian Trevor Noah. He is an extreme night OWL. Waking at 6pm, working comedy clubs from 7-8:30pm before heading out for breakfast. Followed by socializing, daily routines, another comedy show and bed at 10 or 11am.

Barack Obama, the nocturnal past President. Rumored to work best alone into the wee hours of the morning reading technical documents requiring focus and deliberation.

Sleeping just 5 hours a night, he is a self-confessed ‘night guy.’

The rest of society are called HUMMINGBIRDS. They lie somewhere on the Lark-Owl continuum. Some more lark like, some more owl like.

Where do you find yourself? How do you stay balanced?

Turn away from caffeine to wake you up and sleep aides to help you sleep.

Experience the natural rebalancing power of a float. Mid-day. What a concept…

Larks, Owls or Hummingbirds.

Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller
Lorraine Miller is a lifestyle writer whose articles and blogs feature interesting people, places and businesses. A former educator, she is a community volunteer and loves living and writing in the Okanagan. loumiller@me.com