Does Your Roommate Keep Late Hours?
By Tom Herrin
A lot of us sometimes feel that others have really inconvenienced us. This notion of self-pity usually comes on at a time in which we think about how hard we work to keep things going and how lax another member of our household tends to be. As we get up early and beat the proverbial bushes to earn a living, the other person seems to stay up late and sleep in. It can be frustrating in several ways, but the root problem may actually be our inability to comprehend how anyone could operate on a schedule other than our more traditional day. The fact is that many just dance to a different beat, and they may do it quite well even if it does not always conform to what we think is right.
Those who have their internal clocks set for nights may be really productive once they get past the mornings. They may start near noon but be able to get a lot accomplished well into the evening. Their clocks may also not be on a 24-hour cycle. It is sometimes longer. Of course, this may add another complicating factor to the formula. A cycle that is longer than normal can truly confuse those who are on a more traditional schedule. It is important to recognize that we all have a circadian rhythm, but it may well be different.
There is still a large number of individuals who have a more traditional clock. This includes those of us who get up early and see the sun rise. These early risers are usually eager to go first thing. If they are into exercise, they may do it well before they do anything else. They may be highly productive during the morning and early afternoon but begin to run out of gas in the evening. Whether they go to sleep in their easy chair or turn in just after dusk, this is the way work best.
Tolerance Is Important
We are a society today that touts respecting individual differences and preferences. Isn't this just as important for those who have different internal clocks from ours? On behalf of all of the night dancers out there, I say it is a critical part of developing and maintaining relationships. Let each of us do what works best for us, and let us be a little more understanding of others.
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