Monday, March 13, 2017

Confessions of a late night slicer #sol17 Day 13

Mostly because I like the post title and the badge.

Next week should be easier slicing. Vision in flawed eyes that tire easy does not improve as the night wears on. Moving to Newfoundland for the time zone advantage is not an option.

As a gratuitous aside, I'm booked for a trip to St John but that is in September, too late to be useful now (except for the head start on researching the area)

My confession? I don't mind night slicing or processing the day before writing about it. The legendary all-nighter is years behind me. So is any inclination or need to change.

The confession is also a literary genre, one that in shorter forms than deployed bt Augustine or Rousseau surely lends itself to slicing. Is anyone else collecting slicing genres? More on thinking about genres.

Besides the time is now 9:45 pm Mountain time. It's long past time to own and occupy the designation and accept it. Morning People vs. Night Owls is a long standing, recognized chronotype based classification backed (and amplified) by a number of studies.
These labels are less an either-or than a spectrum; chronotype  can shift over a person's lifetime, and recent work suggests adding two more subsets to the list: early to wake and late to bed, and late to wake but early bed. But generally speaking the larks-or-owls construct has stood the rigors of research, with evidence really growing since the development of a 19-part Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire in the late 1970s that sorts folks into chronotypes based on things like when they'd ideally get up, how alert they feel in the morning, when they normally get tired, and so on. More involved than asking a spouse, but effective. 
There are as many ways to slice a chronotype as there are to write a post. This Is the Best Time of Day to Do Everything by Anthony Levi on organizes a chronotype spectrum by animal (dolphins, lions, bears, wolves. etc). Yet another study says it's genetic.


  1. Ha, it is 10:05 here in Calgary and I have yet to write my blog, glad I'm not the only late night slicer.

  2. Love the self reflection (and random Google searching) here. Let's embrace our differences!

  3. Love that Google search! :) I wonder what makes us an early riser vs. a late-night owl? I also find it interesting that there are actually studies done with animals on this very subject! How interesting! Thanks for sharing!