Your Sleep Persona - The Owl

The Owl

The Knight

Owls find it immensely difficult waking up in the morning and on some days, if push comes to shove, they would get away with starting their work day later than everyone else.

But it doesn’t mean owls do less, in fact, they reach productivity in the evening, and often find themselves burning the midnight oil while others are already in bed. This place of solitude means they can get things done faster and are more wiser as a result of it. Partners frequently find owls haven’t made it to bed, even when they wake up in the morning.

Your ideal schedule

  • Your best time for problem solving 5pm - 9pm
  • Where creative inspiration strikes 9am - 12pm
  • Ideal time to wind down 11pm - 1am
  • Your best sleep time 1am onwards

Your Body Clock

We all have a natural master body clock in our brain that triggers our "sleep-wake circadian rhythm". This circadian rhythm is designed to regulate feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period. This means feeling sleepy or awake is a biological experience, determined by our genetics!

Every person has a different circadian rhythm and your SLEEP PERSONA has been based on your own unique rhythm of sleepiness and wakefulness. Understanding your SLEEP PERSONA helps you get the most out of your day.

15% Of the population have a very similar sleep persona to you

Your Performance

As an Owl, your master body clock has been set so that you feel more alert later in the afternoon. This means when you wake up, your energy levels are generally low and you may find it hard to remain vigilant. Current society functions on early schedules, and for many, their mornings are the time for mentally vigorous work. Owls are complete outliers in this sense and actively avoid tasks that require any attention to detail in the morning.

But that doesn’t mean an owl can't do anything productive in the morning. 9am to 12pm is a great period for CREATIVE tasks. Creative tasks require innovative, out of the box thinking to generate new ideas and solutions, and in turn require less attention to detail. Not engaging in too much mental energy will help owls ease into the day.

The afternoon from 5pm to 9pm is when owls have their greatest focus and energy. ANALYTICAL tasks that require logical and critical thinking, and need a lot of attention to detail, focus and very few distractions, are best completed during this time. For some owls, this flow of energy can last straight into the evening and late dinners are a regular occurrence.

Your Wind Down & Sleep

Owls are naturally good sleepers. But with many having to fit their late schedules to our “9-5” society, quite often owls feel “OUT OF SYNC” with the rest of the world.

Waking up feeling tired can be common, as owls force themselves to wake up early but fail to get their recommended daily sleep while burning the midnight oil.

If possible, owls thrive when the work day starts later (you will commonly see them in the hospitality and restaurant industry). Otherwise, an owl needs to keep to a tight sleep schedule if they want to avoid any "sleep inertia" - that familiar feeling of drowsiness that can last for hours after you wake up. GETTING TO SLEEP at the same time every day (around 1am) and waking up at the same time even on weekends can make a big difference. Wind down routines are often lost with owls as they tend to get distracted at night. Which is why owls are best keeping their wind down routines short (30 minutes or less) and avoiding digital devices late evening all together.