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Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed of Sleeping In

By April 6, 2017Live, Think

It’s easy to be shamed for hitting snooze.

News flash: Not being a morning person does not make you a failure.  

Excuse me, are my ears awake?  Did I hear that right?  
Yes, you did indeed.  It is 100% okay to not be a glowing sunshine when you wake up, and it is 100% okay to not wake up at five o’clock every morning.  
Just because so-and-so on Instagram is bragging about how they worked out, fed the cat, wrote a book, invented the wheel, and travelled to space all before breakfast does not make them any better or any more dedicated than you.  And, it does not make you lazy.

Our bodies natural sleeping patterns are not up to us, and all the early birds who shame night owls simply don’t get it.  The time your body wants to sleep and rise is determined by three things: light exposure, age, and genetics.  With that being said, only two of those things — light exposure and age — can be changed, and the one that plays the biggest role — genetics — cannot be changed.
See?  You literally cannot change the fact that no matter how hard you try, sometimes being a morning person is just not your thing.  And that’s okay!
“Keeping up with a college student is hard work,” my mom announces as I give her a run down of my week during our weekly Sunday night phone calls.  Between school, work, the gym, extracurriculars, and a social life whenever I can, it seems likely that most college students would say that they don’t prioritize sleep.  
We live in a world where everyone should always “get up and grind” and the mentality is, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”  Um, newsflash world.  Being a member of the walking dead because you’re beat tired is not something we should all aspire to be.  #sorrynotsorry

Sleep is critical to your overall health and well-being.  It not only repairs your heart, blood vessels, and maintains healthy brain function, but it also improves your reaction time and productivity.
If you’re forcing yourself to get up at the break of dawn because Becky from Instagram is telling you to, don’t trust Becky.  If you’re in the position where you can wake up when your body’s natural alarm clock goes off, give yourself the rest you need and find the time when you are most productive.  
Doing your homework at midnight may be the way your body functions best.  And waking up to go to the gym when the rooster crows in the morning may be going against everything your body desires.  When you wake up and when you go to bed does not determine how ambitious or driven you are.  It’s what you do in between those hours that matters most.  
So cheers to the early birds and the night owls.  Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Author Eileen Jones

NYC bound, but currently a junior at Miami University, Eileen gets through long hours of studying Public Health and Nutrition by drinking at least 4 cups of coffee a day. When she's not looking up cute animal videos on YouTube, she can be found intensely picking things up and putting them down at her school's gym. One day you will be able to pick up an issue of her health and fitness magazine at your local newsstand, but for now, check her out @simplyeileen_fit on Instagram!

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