MHS student talks about her struggles as a night owl


By Aniston Morris , Round Table entertainment editor

As I awoke this morning at 5:30 A.M, I glanced at my phone then continued through my morning routine. At 6:20 A.M. I went out to walk my dogs for their 10 minute walk. Like normal they pulled me annoyingly and I trudged along, grumbling about how early it was to be walking them. I looked up to see the only source of light around me, the moon. Displeasure coursed through me at the sight. I’m a special kind of person, you see. Given my way, I’d wake up at noon and go to sleep at 6:30 A.M. in the morning, when the rest of the world is just beginning to wake. I believe the term for my habit is being a “night owl.”

Night owls are most definitely forgotten in the timing for school. They don’t even compromise. I am literally forced to go to sleep an hour before I must wake. Now trust me, I’ve heard many times that I should simply go to bed earlier. I have two reasons that are simply not possible. Number one, I won’t be able to finish any homework I have after practice, theatre, work, and school. Number two, my mind really won’t fall asleep any earlier! Even if I’m not busy at all, I just lay there thinking of things to do, stories to write, people to talk to. The creativity that hits me at night is extraordinary. I have concluded that being a night owl is a curse and a blessing.

I don’t have any other friends that are as bad about it as I am. In the mornings at school they’ll complain about their 4 hours of sleep the previous night and I have to refrain from telling them that’s not so bad. Really though, if every kid is suffering from exhaustion in the morning, why do we still have to wake up early? I don’t know many people at all that truly feel well rested as they begin their first period.

I can’t see the time school starts changing any time soon; nonetheless, I manage by allowing my work ethic to keep me going during the day and my creativity to keep me going at night.