Make good use of your magic hour
Having an atypical circadian rhythm has its advantages. Those of us who are true night owls or early birds have the benefit of enjoying that magic hour when most people are asleep.
I’m talking about that moment after everyone’s gone to bed / is still in bed but you’re awake, your mind sharper than ever. A moment just for you, at your best.
Quite at my leisure
For me, it’s the early morning. I wake up spontaneously around 5:30, no matter what time I went to bed the night before. And then I have the living room just for me for at least a good hour, sometimes longer.
I light a candle for gentle light and usually so a few salutations to the sun. Then I write. Sometimes I prepare copy for newsletters and workshops, sometimes I simply let the words flow free, with no specific goal other than getting ideas out of my head and into the world. Depending on the time of the year, I can see the sun rise from my window. It is magical indeed.
Other people will feel more inspired during the night, after most people have gone to bed.
At opposite ends of the day, we enjoy the silence and use this time to connect to ourselves and create. To be free from the pressure of to-do lists, perfect parenting guidelines and general requests from our offspring. Free free free.
It may take time to find your rhythm
It hasn’t always been like this. For a good couple of years after my daughter was born I was chronically sleep deprived and the only magic hour I could call by that name would be any hour I got the chance to spend sleeping. Later, when I started settling into the current rhythm, I fought it. I didn’t want to be one of those people who wake up super early, because it meant I would have to respect a bedtime routine and never stay up late.
And then gradually I embraced it.
It is a decision both simple and radical, to respect your rhythm. One that triggers long-term changes. Imagine having one extra hour on a regular basis and using it to do something you love? There you go.
Neither a night owl, nor early bird. Can I still have my magic hour?
If you’re neither type, no worries. You can still create a magic hour for yourself.
Start by finding out what is your best moment of the day when other people are busy with something else. Hint: it is likely to be in the early evening, around 6-8 pm. You know that surge of energy at the end of the day before you start feeling tired? That’s what I’m talking about.
Though it may be harder to use your magic hour if it coincides with time to feed kids and tuck them into bed, you can still try to organize the house schedule and ask help from your partner or a friend so that at least once a week you can enjoy it.