Morning Lark, Night Owl or Hummingbird?

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Are You a Morning Person?

What is a Morning Lark? The morning lark is another more specific term for “early bird”.

Morning lark or early bird is a term for a person who usually gets up early in the morning and goes to bed early in the evening.1)

Okay… so if you’re not a morning person, or morning lark, stick with me for a few, as there’s something in this for you too.

If You’re an Owl it Might Be Genetic

Yes, there are natural night owls, and you may be one if you think you’re a night person and daylight, mornings and alarm clocks cause you to cringe. A 2017 study found that 1 in 75 people with a non-Finnish European ancestry carry a genetic mutation that causes their circadian clock to run behind. 2)

However, most homo sapiens, will fall in with the cycles of nature’s day creatures once they’re back in touch with their body’s innate tendencies. All but around 20%.

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What Are Most People?

Before you rule out morning bird and decide you’re a genetic “owl”, there are a few more things to consider.

Dr. John Medina, in his landmark best selling book, Brain Rules, says that most people are hummingbirds. What?We’ve mostly only heard “early bird” or “night owl”, right? Turns out that most fall in between the two extremes, but with more of an inclination toward one or the other.

Morning Lark, Night Owl or Hummingbird?

  • 20% of the population are morning larks, (wake up before 6 am without an alarm; to bed by 9 pm)
  • 20% are night owls (often to sleep after 3am and up around 10 am)
  • 60% are hummingbirds (somewhere in between)

Source: BrainRules.net3)

If You Think You’re not a Morning Person…

In my late teens and early twenties, I was not a morning person. However, as with most people who think that, it’s not that I wasn’t a morning person, rather, it’s that my nights intruded into my mornings.

My habits and schedule were not conducive to getting to bed early. Between my jobs and a bit of a partying lifestyle, I often went to bed in the wee hours well after midnight.

For years now with a healthier normal daily routine, my ideal night is 10 pm-5:30 am, which places me on the lark side of hummingbirds. And when I get a good night’s sleep in that zone, it definitely positively boosts my waking state.


And of course, coffee helps. I love butter coffee. Devani (my daughter and co-creator here at iCreateDaily) drinks it black. If I were to be a connoisseur of anything, it would be coffee and traveling the world sampling the best coffees. Well… and maybe chocolate chip cookies. 🍪😊

While I enjoy an occasional glass of wine, preferably red, what I love about coffee is how it enhances creativity, enthusiasm and productivity. While wine can be relaxing, it does not sharpen mental focus. But speaking of focus, I digress. 😉☕️

My biggest challenge is that most everything I want and love to do, is best done in the mornings, when I’m at peak cortisol, rest, clarity and caffeine! On the morning that I’m writing this, I have a dozen tabs open on my laptop, flitting in between them because there’s so much to cram into this first half of a very busy day.


A Family Circus Kind of Morning

Today—as with many days—isn’t proceeding in linear fashion. In fact it’s reminiscent of “Billy’s map” from the famed Family Circus comic strip. I’m guessing you have days that like too… chances are, we all do.

Though my side trips, detours and distractions are all productive tasks that need to be done. It’s like the prolific bursting forth of nature in spring, sometimes appearing as chaos, where everything is growing all at once. It’s the plight of many creators.

‘Billy’s Map’ Image by

CREATIVITY: Ideas rarely arrive in linear fashion. Rather, they sprout like weeds in spring determined to grow. Plant your best ideas in the fertile soil of daily effort.
~LeAura Alderson,

Not All Night Owls are True

One of our favorite entrepreneurs is John Lee Dumas of EOFire fame (aka EntrepreneurOnFire). John is one such who discovered that he wasn’t what he thought he was.

His habits misinformed him into believing that he wasn’t a morning person.

Hal Elrod, has created an empire around the power of mornings with his brand, Miracle Morning. Hal’s success is also founded on his incredible real life triumph over (multiple) life tragedies. However, the biggest contributor to Hal’s success is his positive mental attitude, and his early morning rituals.

That story is absolutely worth tuning into. Perspective. Powerful.

Habits create, inform and reinforce belief. Choose your habits wisely and put them to work for you, not against you.
~LeAura Alderson,


Examine Your Truths

So if you think you’re a night owl, consider what habits and patterns may be keeping you up way past pumpkin time, and which, if you tweaked, might get you to bed earlier and up earlier. Why? Because studies show that the best quality of sleep occurs for most, between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am.4)

Studies show the deepest and best hours of sleep for most people occur between 10 pm and 2 am.

So if you’re burning the midnight oil working, or binging on your favorite shows or games into the night, you’re depriving your body and brain of what it needs most. Adequate quality sleep is one of the most important components of health and longevity. When you’re well rested, your body can heal and repair and your emotions and hormones are more balanced.

It’s not that I wasn’t a morning person, rather, it’s that my nights intruded into my mornings.
~LeAura Alderson,


Adequate Sleep Boosts Creativity

A rested and refreshed brain is essential for optimum creativity, performance and positive state of mind. It’s great if you’re able to push yourself day after day and skip or minimize sleep in order to keep on working. However, for your overall health and wellbeing, consider experimenting more and better sleep as a way to get more done in less time.

Your brain keeps on working even while it’s sleeping. So getting adequate sleep can actually help you solve problems and generate more and better ideas. This is one of the reasons the iCreateDaily 90 Day Goals Journal has on each day a reminder to end your night and fall asleep as you’re visioning the future you’re working toward.

The brain continues working on the last things you fed it. That’s also why it’s great to go to sleep reflecting on your day, how you can improve and the future you’re working toward. Feed your brain positive mind-food and it will help you to achieve your dreams.

Studies reveal that your brain continues to work while you sleep. Your brain will work on whatever you fed it by day, so feed it healthy mind food and put it to work for you.
~LeAura Alderson,



If you want a chuckle on this topic of morning lark vs night owls, here’s a funny 2 minute clip by Dr. John Medina, author of the fantastically informative book, Brain Rules. You owls will especially like it!



AND… for a chuckle and humor, if you’re a night owl, or haven’t yet discovered your inner morning person, you’ll enjoy this. 😜

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.
~William Feather, American publisher, author, 1889-1981

4 Pillars for Optimum Health and Creativity

  1. Adequate sleep during optimal hours for your biology
  2. Ample activity and exercise in fresh air and sunshine
  3. A diet rich in healthy foods from nature
  4. Healthy thoughts and emotions fueled by optimism and positivity

A Better Life

To enjoy a better life is a simple matter of better choices. Each day is comprised of many choices and decisions. Choose that which boosts your sense of self. To make better choices is to live more in accordance with your aspirations.

Aspirations elevates. Indecision and neglect agitates. Don’t neglect your dreams. Set your goals as a mission that must be filled for you to be fulfilled.

Heed the message in the agitation and use it to nudge yourself in the direction your heart yearns for.

If You’re Struggling…

If you want to get up earlier but keep struggling and foiling your own best intentions, tune into these quotes and video from Mel Robbins. Mel is phenomenally clear on a highly effective and super simple approach to getting where you want to go, including, how to get up earlier.

“I’m never going to feel like doing the things that are tough or difficult or uncertain or scary or new, so I need to stop waiting until I feel like it.”
~Mel Robbins, American commentator, author, speaker

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