Early Bird or Night Owl? Wiring or Training?

I need some advice and insights from you. Help!
  1. So by definition, at least to me, an early bird is someone who wakes up with energy easily and early in the morning and is tired and sleepy with little energy at night.
  2. A night owl is someone who has a burst of energy at night and can naturally stay awake late easily, but has the least energy/feels the most tired in the morning.
  3. I am a night owl. I always have been. I don't know how to change this.
    I am not sure why birds have represented this phenomenon. We could say morning person or night person, I guess.
  4. My husband is an early bird, a morning person. He wakes up naturally, without an alarm at 4:30 or 5:00am. He passes out sitting with me on the couch at 10pm.
  5. I thought it was evidence that I am just lazier than he is (though I am the queen of driving the late shift on road trips).
  6. Having kids that are one of each makes me believe that it is wiring more than laziness. My son bounds out of bed with the sun and my daughter could sleep all day and stay up all night.
  7. I am baffled and feel guilty for my wiring, but maybe there is something I can do to shift the energy.
  8. I believe someone like @BWN_7 with the List sunrise monopoly is a morning guy, early bird, and is wired that way, but what do I know?
  9. So my question for all of you (or the couple of you who will actually read this) have you ever changed sides?
  10. What I want to know is have any of you ever figured out how to be a morning person if you are wired for night?
  11. Have you found a way to have energy and not fight your self out of bed and hit snooze over and over?
  12. Have you found a way to stay awake through a late movie without a five-hour energy if you are an early bird?
  13. Lay it on me, people!
  14. I've been a night owl my whole life, and a sleep specialist confirmed it's how I'm made/wired/born.
    She said the most you can do is shift your natural sleep rhythm a couple hours either way. It takes melatonin, careful timing and a lot of self-discipline. You can't change your internal makeup, but you can make better sleep habits.
    Suggested by   @jhope71
  15. Night Owl - I've got nothing! I'm 35 and I still hate the mornings! JUST LET ME SLEEP!
    Suggested by   @kate81
  16. It makes me think of the introvert/extrovert comparison. Both can be great with people, but the extrovert gets an energy boost and the introvert gets an energy drain from interacting with people. The difference is energy. An early bird and a night owl can wake up at the same time or stay up as long, but the energy shift is what defines them.