Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

A 'morning person' likes to start their day early, whereas a 'night owl' is someone who has more energy late at night. 

We asked some of our friends and family, 'Are you a morning person or a night owl?' This is what they said.

I don't think I'm really a 'night owl' by nature, but I do tend to stay up late quite often. If I have a deadline for projects for my studies, I sometimes have to stay up working until two or three in the morning. And when I go out with friends, I usually go to bed really late, especially at weekends and if I know I can have a lie-in the next day!
Lena, student

I'm a morning person. I usually go to bed quite early and I wake up at six or six thirty. I usually have a cup of tea and chat to my teenage daughter as she has her breakfast before she leaves for school at seven thirty. Then, three days a week, I go for a run. That's the best way to wake up for me. It leaves me full of energy for the day ahead. 
Jo, website content manager 

I'm definitely a night owl. I work in a restaurant until late in the evenings. I get home at about midnight. Obviously, I could just go straight to bed, but I don't want to! That's the time I have for myself. Even if I'm tired, I have something to eat and then I watch TV to unwind. And then, once I start enjoying myself, I don't feel tired at all. If I get into a film or computer game, I often don't go to bed until three or four in the morning.
Dan, waiter

My alarm goes off at 5 a.m. on weekdays and on the rare occasions I get up late (which for me is after eight) I feel as if I've lost half the day. For years much of my family has needed to be out the door at 7 a.m., and so they're up a little before six. I get up at five to have some time for my own morning routine in peace. Despite all this, I think I'm more of a night person by nature. Not one who stays up into the wee hours of the morning, but when I'm able to rest fully each night and follow my own schedule, I feel a little boost of creative energy in the evening.
Robert, teacher

Tell us about you!

  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • What time do you usually wake up?
  • What time do you usually go to sleep?
Average: 2.5 (4 votes)

Submitted by Trang Luu on Tue, 01/08/2023 - 03:33


I have no idea I am a morning person or night owl by nature. I always sleep at eleven or more even thought I go to bed early. I usually get up at six a.m although I didn’t have a good sleep last night. People said eight hours are good sleep for everyone but I think it depends on how you sleep. Did you have a deep sleep or light sleep? Did you have enough Rem? I wear a fitbit watch and it sometimes shows I slept well despite of five hours.

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Submitted by _.Yacine._ on Wed, 28/06/2023 - 11:59


I am definitely a night owl. Even if I have to get up early in the morning (wich for me is before 7), I like to spend time at night alone. It is a quite moment. I feel like I am fully with myself. And in spite of not sleeping, I feel like I am restoring my soul. Then, when I sleep, I just restore my body.
So for me, the night is a very privilegiate moment...I finally fall asleep around 11pm.

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Submitted by Thin Thin Win on Tue, 27/06/2023 - 04:19


I'm a night owl but I actually want to get up early. I need to wake up early next morning so I try to go to bed at 9 or 10 but I fall asleep at 12 or later. I have free time at night and I want to surf internet and watch movies to take a rest. Thus, I spend 4 or 5 hours by using social media but I don't notice time as usual. I usually lie in bed late.

Submitted by goodluck brett on Thu, 08/06/2023 - 22:52


being a night owl or a morning person I'm not sure somedays I find my self in the morning with no sleep at all the whole night but i have plans in the following day i try my level best not to be sleepless at night, yeah

Submitted by mcarpenedo on Mon, 29/05/2023 - 10:34


I could say I'm a morning person. I would rather wake up early and enjoy the day than go sleep late at night. Of course it happens sometimes, but I prefer to try to mantain a good sleep routine, so I can do all the tasks during the day and rest in the afternoon and do nothing at night.

I usually go to bad around 22h-23h.

Submitted by Tramanh_0909 on Sat, 27/05/2023 - 21:14


Are you a morning person or a night owl?
What time do you usually wake up?
What time do you usually go to sleep?

Actually, I think I´m a night owl but maybe not. I prefer to stay late at night, and I love to do that too. But I will feel very tired within staying and also in the next morning. So I don't do it very many times. If I have school, I will wake up at 5:30 a.m or a little bit later but not really late, around 5:30 a.m and 6:15 a.m. If I have a rest day like weekend, I also wake up not really late, always between 8 a.m or 9 a.m, I want to sleep more but my body doesn't want to accept that. So I have to wake up, do the morning routine and have a breakfast. I always want to fall asleep in the middle of 9 p.m or 10 p.m, but I can not do like this everyday, my schedule does not suit the time. as a result, I always go to sleep at 11 p.m or later, because I want to use the phone to have some rest for the all days. And sometimes, I can not just stop browsing the smartphone, so keep going and I realize that is too late. Yeah, that's all about myself

Submitted by Pachon on Sat, 27/05/2023 - 04:47


Unfortunately I'm a morning person jejeje... because my day begins at 7 am. I usually wake up at 7:15 and I prepare my breakfast for work. I often go to sleep at 11 or 12 pm, it all depends on how my day was and if I'm going to go the school the next day.

Submitted by Prabal Chauhan on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 12:33


lol, I have both kind of habits. Sometimes I'm a night owl and Sometimes i'm a morning person.
I usually go to bed around 11 and wake up around 7AM.
But sometimes if i have to assignment in night then i go to bed around 2-3AM and wake up at 9-10 AM in the morning.

Submitted by ddh13 on Sat, 20/05/2023 - 03:16


I'm absolutely a morning person. I usually go to bed around 9pm and wake up in the morning at 5:30, even on weekend. However, I tried stay up to study one night last semester. That was really a disaster. LOL

Hi ddh13,

Oh no, what happened? Did you manage to get any studying done? I only stay up all night studying if it's really, really necessary :)


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Submitted by laurapaci on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 16:17


Well, I would say....both, but in a sort of wrong mix. I am such a morning owl in a night person, or the other way round. I go to bed quiete early at night, reading before falling asleep....but unfortunately in the middle of the night I get awake with no reason, and no hope to fall asleep again. So I take my e-book reader and resume reading, sometimes it takes a lot before eyes and mind surrender...and anyway when alarm clock rings at 6.30 I'm like a zombie, crawling from a coffee to another, wandering where I am. So , in the end , I would say third answer for me: zombie.

Submitted by gosia_czech on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 08:28


I'm definitely a morning person. I love to wake up early in the morning cause I feel like I am the most productive and inspired. I start my day at 4 am and complete my usual routine, which consists of journaling, praying, exercising, meditation, getting some sun exposure by walking and then eating a good breakfast. I go to bed at around 7:30 pm, though. It's quite early honestly, but in that way, I am assured that I get enough sleep.

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Submitted by marcelobj on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 23:56


I'm not a morning person or a night owl. I usually go to bed before midnight and after reading some pages of a book. I'm retired, so I get up late in the morning, usually before 08:00 AM. I love to be in bed until late in the morning. LOL.

Hi marcelobj,

It sounds like a good routine! I also try to read a bit before going to sleep. It's good to calm your mind down at the end of the day, isn't it? 


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Hi Jonathan,

Yes, it's a routine. Reading drives my mind out of my problems and makes me sleep better. Thanks.

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Submitted by ljustiz on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 14:15


I am a night owl person, definitely, I can get awake until late in the evening, even doing nothing important stuff, watching TV or cleaning the kitchen. I can lie down but not get sleep easily if I have had a difficult day. I wake up in the weekday at seven o'clock and in the weekend I do not have a exactly horary to wake up if I do not have a plan for the day. I go to sleep always after eleven o'clock, if I am at a night party I can be awake for more time.

Hi and thanks for your comment! It definitely sounds as if you're a night owl. It can be great to have a lie-in at the weekend if you don't have anything particular to get up for!

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by Janny TSANG on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 12:05


Whether you are a morning person or a night owl depends on your role. For example, if you are a primary school student, you will go to bed early and get up early. However, if you're a college student, you're probably going to bed later and wake up later. Then, if you're a serious professional, I'd guess you only get about 5 or 6 hours of sleep, and those times are between midnight and 5 am.