Even before I deal with night shift work I’ve always had an inconsistent sleep schedule. I usually wake up between 6:30 pm to 1:30 am and sleep between 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It might be confusing, but regardless how chaotic my sleep schedule is, I love how I’m constantly awake past midnight before the dawn. I don’t know what’s the term between midnight and dawn, but anyhow, I’m pretty sure you get what I’m saying.
My mind is a hive during these hours it is when I am most attack by a swarm of random thoughts. When you enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings, but your mind is in complete disarray. Yes, it’s utterly overwhelming when there’s a heap of thoughts in your head during hours you’re supposed to be resting, but it became my introspective moment regardless.
I may be alone in this opinion but there are things I love about this particular period of the day when the weather is so cool, and the atmosphere is quiet and comforting not because I’m lying next to my nonexistent partner, but rather because of these five reasons:
1. I get to know myself / Introspection.
There are times I need to sink into the abyss of my soul to better understand everything about myself. It is a moment to slow down, take deep breaths, and examine myself for the thoughts I was consumed by and actions I did throughout the day. Therefore, I know if I acted such a knucklehead, hurt others’ feelings or made someone smile. The deeper I go into myself the more I realize what kind of person I am.
2. Cry my heart out.
I need this kind of moment to feel what I refused to feel and hear what I needed to hear. Especially when I’m going through a tough time, this is part of the day where I feel like the whole universe is solely mine, no other eyes watching and ears listening — I am free to cry my heart out. A moment my heart could breathe and be heard; where the truths beneath my skin and bones are exposed.
3. Watch movies in my pajamas / Get lost in a book.
I prefer to watch movies during these hours because I don’t need to compete with the distraction in the home environment, plus there are more important things to prioritize during the daytime. The same thing in reading if I have an exciting book to read I’ll choose it over watching.
4. I’m kind of Nyctophile.
Nyctophile. n. A person who loves night or darkness.
I’m not sure if I am one, but the description totally applies to me. I find relaxation and comfort in the darkness. I love the silence and the feeling of being the one left awake. I love the night; I like to go for a walk or date night. I prefer working during the darkest hours, probably one reason I still stay in a graveyard shift because daytime tires me out quickly. I also abhor loud noises, bright lights, busy and large crowds and only during those hours I don’t encounter such.
5. Best time to plan out my day.
In the quiet and darkest hours right before dawn is the best time to plan out my day. This usually consists of reviewing and updating my planner. As a procrastinator, planning out my day ahead is so important, this is the best way I can beat procrastination.
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Can you relate to any of these? Leave a comment below! 🙂