Whether you are a night owl or an early bird, there is a general consensus of understanding which provides the knowledge of the best waking and sleeping hours for our bodies and our minds.
It can be the case for some people that making the transition between being a night owl to an early riser can be much more beneficial. The best time to be awake is during the hours of around 4:35 and 6:35 in the morning. The earlier time period of these hours enables you to feel the energetic levels rising throughout the sun rising process. We all know that watching the sunrise can be an immensely beautiful experience but the sun rising also plays a large part in our energy levels rising. This is because, although the sun itself never sets, the moment it rises for one part of the world it is producing a renewing energy that our bodies become restored and energised with. Whereas, on the other side of the globe, the sun setting is giving way to the reflective energy of the moon, a time for calmness and stillness, which is a lower vibrational frequency of light since it is only the reflection of the suns light. Therefore, this is why we feel the need to rest our bodies.
“There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” – Cheryl Strayed
There is a plethora of benefits and testimonials out there claiming how beneficial it can be for us to become an early riser. Sometimes being awake early can be likened to having to go to work and being in a stuck routine. However, if you are feeling lazy and rushed when you are awakening later, then maybe it is time to jump on board the idea that being an early riser makes you more successful in your life.
For those night owls out there, you will be pleased to know that there is indeed a creative time during the night in which we can utilise our night time energy. So many of us fall into the category of being more productive during the late evening and not going to sleep until around the hours of 1am-4am. Unfortunately, this can make us either experience the phenomena of ‘burning the candle at both ends’ or it can leave us feeling lazy since we do not wake up until after the sun has risen.
There is however, another way of working your way around the conundrum of wanting to sleep late and rise early. It seems that in pre-electric times, our ancestors chose to partake in two sleeps. During the evening/night people chose to go to bed around 8:30 and awaken around 2:30 in order to utilise this time for something else, then they would fall back asleep when they felt relaxed and sleepy once more.
In history our ancestors actually took into account this period of time during the night in which we can harness the creative energy that is prevalent within some of us. They used to sleep in two shorter periods of time instead of one six or eight hour chunk. The first sleep was around 4 hours in which afterwards they awoke during twilight hours in order to experience a more peaceful and calm time of the day/night. This time in between the first and second sleep was said to be an ideal time for study.
“Two sleeps per night may have been the method of antiquity, but tendencies towards it still linger in modern man. There could be an innate biological preference for two sleeps, given the right circumstances.” – SlumberWise
If you find yourself wanting to experience the night time energy as well as waking up early in the morning, having two sleeps could be the ideal solution. Many of us have experienced the unusual calmness that can be felt in the late hours of the night, this could be the perfect time to read that book you’ve always wanted to read or even take time for yourself and meditate. Though, being able to catch the morning sun is also very important for our bodies energetic levels and also in helping us to have a clearer state of mind. It is said that the times during the morning and night can each give a person different outlooks on life as both are useful ways to keep you in touch with your higher self, through the changing intensity of light that the sun provides.
To feel the most benefit during these very early mornings and very late nights, you should practise meditation or simply centring yourself. This will guide you into a state of understanding and motivation as to what the day or rest of the night can entail for you. These are very important times of the day/night are so easily ignored in terms of the value and impact they have on our minds and bodies.
It is important to note that it is best to go to bed as early as possible, this is because your body gets the best rest between 8pm and 12pm at night. During this time your body is able to recover from the day and heal itself efficiently.
However, there is no one ‘right’ way when it comes to sleeping cycles therefore, you can choose which sleeping and waking cycles are best for you. It is all about experimenting with light and experiencing different energy levels that this light can provide for us. Both late nights and early mornings can provide similar types of benefits, it is up to you to decide which times of the day are best for being awake and which are best for slumber. Furthermore, we have to find balance between the waking and sleeping cycles, and to do this we are to follow the natural rhythms of nature, as well as listen to what our bodies are telling us.
By Kim Stanworth