In my eyes, people tend to fall into two categories – those who wake up at the crack of dawn and start yawning around dinnertime, and those who sleep in every chance they get and hit the sack sometime around (or after) 2 oclock in the morning.

I fall into the latter category. In fact - I’m such a night owl that when I don´t have somewhere to be in the morning, I wake up 3 oclock in the afternoon and fall asleep around 6 in the morning. Yeah. That´s hardcore - but it seems to be my body´s natural rhythm.

And whats more – even when I do have somewhere to be in the morning, I still tend to stay up way later than most folks. Id rather stay up and sleep for 4 hours, than go to bed early and sleep for 10. Sound weird to you? It does to most people. As one friend of mine put it: “Your sleeping habits were the very first thing I noticed about you – theyre just so uniquely you!”

And they sure are. But why do this to myself? Dont I get tired during the day, after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep, every night? Yes. I sure do. I yawn all day and run on nothing but coffee and determination. But here is why I think staying up is worth it.

  • The first reason is my body´s natural tendency to be awake during the "later" hours - I don´t know why, but even though I yawn all day long - the moment the clock strikes midnight, I get all jittery with fiery energy and ambition to get things done! And that energy should be used and not wasted, don´t you think?
  • I´m a writer with another day "job" (university). When my classes, studying and meetings are done with -  the night and evening are often the only times I have to pursue my writing.
  • As a creative and an introvert, I need loads of alone-time to make my art. In today´s media-driven society, the night is the only time of day when I get that complete "alone-ness", without any expectations of being suddenly interrupted by someone - because most somebodies are asleep during the night! It´s genius, if you ask me.
  • It´s an awesome icebreaker at parties. Not the most philosophical reason for staying up most nights, I confess – but a valid one nevertheless. You just state how tired you are and when people ask you why (believe me, they will), you say: “Oh, it´s nothing really. I´m just such a night owl, I only sleep 3 hours a night.” I can guarantee that you´ll find yourself in an interesting conversation soon enough.
  • And finally - I stay up for views like this sunrise, captured at 4 in the morning two days ago in Djúpivogur, Iceland.

So those are my 5 reasons for staying up all night - in fact, I´m finishing this article right now and it´s half past 3 in the morning. Are you a morning person or a night owl, like me? I´d love to hear all about it in the comments!

-xoxo, Guðrún Ingibjörg, writing from Iceland.

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Published by Guðrún Ingibjörg