Now, I am not suggesting that we work our fingers to the bone. Nor am I saying that I necessarily agree with the sometimes seemingly excessive hard working standards of our culture all the time. I am also not necesarily a proponent of slaving away for someone else, or brown nosing, I am suggesting however that you get up, get out of bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, etc and Show Up For Life! I am suggesting working smarter, being more focused and being present. I am suggesting being active, and being productive. Seeking joy and doing what you love. It's a little well known fact that getting enough sleep is healthy.
Studies have suggested that getting a good night's rest helps strengthen our immune systems, and decreases the likelihood of physical and mental ailments. Getting to bed by 10PM is strongly suggested and waking 8 hours later, would put us at 6AM, helps us make the most of our health and our days. Let's face it, these are in sync with the circadian rhythms of our bodies, not to mention follow the day cycle of the sun. It's no wonder that places which don't see the sun for 4-6 months out of the year (think Alaska) have higher rates of suicide, and drug use/abuse as with places like Seattle and Ireland, which although see the sun are often dark and gray. There has also been a study to suggest that while we sleep we are developing those very skills we need to survive, in our dreams. If we deprive ourselves of dreams then, we are less likely to succeed in our worlds. When we go to sleep at 2 or 3AM we don't necesarily have as restful as sleep, even if we sleep 8 hours.
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The hours before midnight are also key to having restorative sleep for better health, body and mind. Naturopathic doctor, Dr. Patti Kim says, "The hours before midnight are worth two hours of sleep."
The night owl is an excuse I hear all too often. And, I don't see the harm in staying up late once in a while, especially for kids in their early to mid 20's. Burning the midnight oil is common in college and grad school, and many young people need to stay up late in the early days of career development, social life and developing their identity. There is even some evidence that suggests staying up all night, every now and then can cure depression.
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I am referring to in general. Those who get to bed late and sleep in late on a regular if not daily basis, who have irregular sleep schedules and who do not get up and seize their day on a regular basis are more susceptible to malaise and mental maladies such as depression, fatigue and physical and mental exhaustion and are less likely to handle stress or to have the chops in place, so to speak, to conquer their world. You've got to get up, get dressed and show up. Every day. It will make you feel better, stronger and more equipped to handle stress. It will make you feel more productive, and chances are you will sleep better. If all these are place, I can almost guarantee you a happier more meaningful existence.