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Are You An Early Bird Or A Night Owl, According To Astrology

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Are you up all night or do you sleep all day? Being an early bird or a night owl is more than just preferring to wake up early or stay up late, it might have something to do with your zodiac sign. At least that's what the science of astrology says.

It’s also about why you like getting up early or staying up late. Do you prefer getting all of your responsibilities early so that you can relax for the rest of the day? Or would you rather sleep in so you have the energy to go out with friends after work?

Sure, your horoscope can tell you a lot of things about your zodiac sign's personality, but it can also tell you what time of day you prefer. It’s true!

The moon influences sleep cycles. I heard once that if you were born at night that could be the reason why you can't sleep at night and aren’t a morning person. If that’s really true, then that’s going to be my new excuse for why I’m always sleeping in late and why I hate waking up early for anything.

I am definitely more of a night owl than I am an early bird, not just because I was actually born at night, but because just the thought of having to wake up early (for anything, I don’t care what it is), makes me want to hibernate.

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There’s something so gross and exhausting about having to go to bed early the night before because you know that you have to get up early the next day. There's nothing worse that bad sleep

But if I do the opposite and stay up late at night, I feel like I have more time to actually get things done and do my own thing; I am by no means productive or motivated in the mornings, no matter how much coffee I drink. Not being able to sleep, and being a night owl is great for two reasons, in my opinion.

Not only do I get to use the time after work on the weekdays to finish up any other responsibilities I haven’t gotten to yet, but on the weekends, staying up late means getting to either binge on TV and pizza with my boyfriend or hang out with friends and catch up.

Early birds, prove me wrong, but I don’t see how getting up early makes any of that possible. Of course, I am not always up late, especially because thinking about my bed right now sounds sooo much better than staying awake late into the night for no other reason than because I can. But I also see the upsides to being a zodiac sign that's an early bird.

I do have to admit that while it takes more than a few cups of coffee to wake me up in the mornings, actually being able to get up early and have the whole morning to myself to do whatever I want before people at work bombard me with projects is incredibly nice.

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I could go for a walk, I can do some yoga, I can just read — the possibilities are endless, you’ve got me there. But I would much rather be a part of both teams — early birds AND night owls — and I just don’t feel like that’s possible; when am I supposed to sleep then?!

So, that’s why I feel like you kind of HAVE to choose a side; you can’t be both, no matter how little you sleep.

And deciding what side you’re on might very well have to do with astrology. Sure, it might be a personal preference, but it might also be because your horoscope tells you that your personality is more of a party girl vibe than a responsible vibe, or that you like sticking to a schedule every day instead of just doing things when you feel like it.

And to help you figure out which one you really are, I’m here to help. So, keep reading to figure out if you’re more of an early bird or a night owl, based on astrology.

ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

Aries, Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

You’ve got places to be, people to see, and sh*t to do, Aries, and the earlier you wake up, the more time you have to enjoy the day. Sure, you like staying up late at night, too, sometimes.

But if you want to be productive and stay busy, being an early bird makes it a LOT easier to get things done. Plus, you feel so much more accomplished when all of your errands and work are done early, leaving you with more time to have fun.

It’s not uncommon for you to spend all night out and about with friends, but if you had to choose between being an early bird and a night owl, you’d rather get up early. You’re definitely smart about staying out late and it’s rare that you’re up past midnight on the weekdays.

You value being sharp and alert at work (so you can stick to your busy schedule), and if you stay up late just to have to get up early, you feel totally useless.

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TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)

Taurus, Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Taurus, you are the epitome of “don’t rush me” when it comes to doing pretty much anything. You feel like it takes time for your genius to appear — whether it’s concerning a project you’re doing at work or when cooking a delicious meal for your friends — and you absolutely hate being rushed. So, it only stands to reason that you would be more of a night owl.

You feel like you get your best work done at night, no matter what that “work” is, because you have had all day to ruminate on your thoughts. This is really a smart way of saying you’re lazy and you’ll get to it when you get to it, but for you, it somehow works in your favor.

Yes, you like being lazy, but that doesn’t mean you NEVER do anything; it just means you’d rather stay up late than get up at an ungodly hour for no reason.

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GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

When you wake up, Gemini, you are ready to get the day started. You’re enthusiastic about class in the morning, you can’t wait to meet friends for lunch, and you want to swing by the gym before you have dinner and settle in for the night.

So, the only thing that could put a damper on your mood is waking up at noon and realizing that half of your day is already gone because you slept in; plus, you HATE pushing your schedule later. You’re much more of an early bird because you like the vibe of waking up early. Sure, most people are cranky at 7:00 in the morning, but not you!

You somehow make it out of bed with a smile on your face (and a giant latte) every single day, even if you don’t actually have any set plans for the day. There’s something about making each day count that resonates with you, and you try to pack every day with fun. Go get ‘em, girl!

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Cancer, your mood tends to change with the time of the day, when you feel most awake early in the morning and more tired as the day goes on (as it should be, too). Your mood can also change depending on what the weather is like that day, with sunshine making you happier than rain.

You like being an early bird because you feel like if your mood is more elevated and you feel more awake, then you’re more likely to enjoy the day more and get more things done. By the time the sun goes down, you’re more than ready to snuggle up in bed with a good movie and some ice cream. Call it intuition or just your personality, but you really don’t need a clock when your body already follows the time of day.

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LEO (July 23 - Aug 22)

Leo Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

You’re a hardworking woman who wants to get all of her responsibilities out of the way first, so she can party later. You are most definitely a night owl because you love the idea of having fun with friends after a long day — it’s your time to unwind and vent about the annoying guy at work who keeps trying to chat you up when you’re making coffee.

Of course, you’re still an upstanding member of society (at least while the sun is up) and you can’t completely let your hair done until you clock out. That means no mimosas during your lunch break and NO leaving work early if you’re busy (some days you do, though). It also means giving yourself the beauty rest you absolutely deserve by sleeping in most mornings; if that means having a late night, you’re good with it.

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VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Virgo Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Not only do you have about 20 alarms set every morning, Virgo, but you also have a TON of reminders and calendar events on your phone. While you might hate yourself for waking up every day at 6:00 AM sharp, you have a schedule to keep and coffee will help fuel you and keep you awake. As a methodical person, it makes sense that you would want to stick to your early morning yoga classes so you can get to the office on time.

You like being an early bird not because you like getting up early, but because you like cramming as much into your day as possible… And also because by the time the sun goes down, you have to drag yourself into bed.

You’re an early to sleep, early to rise kind of person and that’s just the way you like things. You’re also not one to deviate from your well-known schedule, so you’re really already used to getting up early by now.

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LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

Libra Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Libra, you’re an early bird simply because you’re a “rise and shine” kind of person. You like waking up early and getting the day started as soon as possible, but you also like that every day is a new day.

You believe in leaving the past in the past, so when you wake up every morning, it’s your own way of leaving yesterday behind. Pretty deep, huh? Obviously, not every day is going to be an amazing one, but when you wake up the next day, it’s like taking an eraser and starting from scratch again. Bonus points when you wake up early and do something worthwhile (like buy a friend coffee or take a long walk).

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SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Scorpio Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

You LOVE experiencing new things in life, Scorpio, and nighttime feels like a totally different kind of world to you. Your entire workweek could be boring and predictable, but you live for the weekends when you can let loose and have fun with friends.

You especially like spending time with friends late at night — wayyy past midnight – because you can hunt for diners and clubs still open to keep the party going. What you love most about being a night owl is meeting new people and exploring new places.

As long as you’re with your closest friends, you will go pretty much anywhere. That might be a new nightclub that just opened up or just a trip to Taco Bell at 2 a.m. but no matter what it is you venture out to do, you like it best when you’re out late at night.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 19)

Sagittarius Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

It’s no secret that you like to live it up, Sagittarius, and nighttime is your time to do just that. There’s something about looking forward to a party or a date after work that helps you power through the day until you get to clock out.

You also love being able to put on some music, uncork some wine, and get dressed with friends as you prepare for the night ahead. You also feel like the only interesting (and fun) things happen at night, and nothing good ever really happens during the day (especially at work).

So when you say you’re a night owl, you mean it. You would MUCH rather just sleep all day and party all night, but alas, that’s not really how being an adult works. So, you opt for the next best thing, which is to party all night and sleep in at a reasonable time.

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CAPRICORN (Dec 20 - Jan 19)

Capricorn Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Capricorn, you're an early bird for the simple fact that it's responsible. You don't really see the point of sleeping in late and staying out all night when you're trying to be a grown-up. Plus, how are you supposed to wow everyone at work if you can barely keep your eyes open, right?

Another reason you're an early bird is because it makes you feel like you're "adulting" correctly. By leaving behind that old you and being the adult you have to be (because being an adult isn't always fun), you feel more mature. You sometimes like to stay up later than usual if it's a weekend and you have no plans, but for the most part, it's early to bed and early to rise. 

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AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Aquarius Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

Aquarius, you come alive at night because you feel like it's a chance to relax and do what you want, not what you need to do. Being a night owl is one of your favorite things because it means you can be alone (since everyone else is usually asleep) and carve out some serious you-time. But, you also feel like nighttime is a time for you to do things that you weren't able to do during the day. 

When you want to make the most out of your night, you like doing important things. This usually means hanging out with your BFF or staying up to talk to your sister, but either way, when you make your night count, that's when you feel satisfied. Of course, you do still like your alone time, so if you're gonna be a night owl, you're gonna balance your nights out between being alone and spending time with the people you love.

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PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

Pisces Astrology, Zodiac Signs Sleep

There's something about the quiet of nighttime that makes you a night owl for life, Pisces. You especially like the fact that you can be all alone if you want and not have to talk to or answer texts from anyone until the next day.

You like the solitude of night because it's both romantic and calming. When you set up for the late night, you like to surround yourself with all of your favorite things; snacks, pillows and blankets, and Netflix, to be exact.

Once you're comfortable, you tend to go into multitask mode, catching up on all your TV shows, browsing Instagram, and even doing a hydrating face mask. Being a night owl means getting to check off everything on your list that's just for you, no one else. 

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Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a book in the future.