Are You a Morning Person, or a Night Owl?
I have been doing morning radio for a long time, 32 years as a matter of fact. THAT’S a long time, WOW!
When I first began back in 1980, seems like centuries ago, I wasn’t a morning person. I really wondered if I had made a mistake, would I be able to keep it up or would it finally wear me down.
Turns out I love it, and, I have become a morning person. But you know, so many people ask, “how can sound so happy in the morning.”
Truth be told, not every day is a great day and you do have to ‘push it’ sometimes. In other words, act a bit. But you know what, as you’re ‘acting’ bright and happy, you become bright and happy and feel good about being up.
I’m wondering, are you a morning person? Or, are you a night owl?
Some research has been done on morning and night people, and guess what, those chirpy morning people really are happier than night owls. Turns out as we get older, we tend to shift to more of a daytime schedule, and that it makes us more cheerful people overall.
The University of Toronto studied two populations of adults, one being between 17 and 38 years old, and the other between 59 and 79, and both groups were questioned about their preferred time of day, their emotional state, and how healthy they feel.
Seems although only 7 percent of younger people are morning larks, most become that way that by age 60 — and study researcher Renee Biss said that overall, early-risers reported “greater position emotion.” In addition, morning people also tended to say they felt healthier than night owls did.
So how can you, the night owl, become a morning lark? “Increase your natural light exposure early in the morning, [and] wake up earlier and go to bed earlier,” Biss said. “It’s easiest if you have a consistent schedule, to make sure you are waking up at the same time every day.”
Here is the other good thing, you can listen the “Andy in the Morning” on 100.5 the River!