5 Reasons to Embrace Alternative Sleep Schedules

5 Reasons to Embrace Alternative Sleep Schedules

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When Kelly and I aren't in school or working for someone else, we tend to become nocturnal. I've always hated this about myself. It throws off my balance. I don't know when to eat, I feel like I'm always dreaming, and I start desperately craving "normal life".

But with the help of Miss Mia Moore, I've grown to appreciate this side of myself. Really, the main reason I've hated being nocturnal is because I cared what other people thought. They must think I'm lazy! A drug addict! A loser! Who would be nocturnal by choice?

Mia changed my attitude because she helped me see it was only my judgement of myself making me dislike my lifestyle. There's nothing wrong with being nocturnal! Who cares?! Mia also mentioned that she wanted to do a week long experiment in being nocturnal, which blew my mind. Trying to be nocturnal? My word!

Last night, she asked Kelly and I what the experience was like. And I realized I just haven't been looking for the positive aspects of nighttime life. Every day I wake up and the sun is going down, I resist being nocturnal like a madwoman. And as you may know, what you resist, persists!

Mia helped me reorient my thinking. Instead of rejecting what comes naturally to me, I'm embracing it. So here are the positive aspects of being nocturnal. It's a weird life, but as my dad says, "Jessica, you are one weird duck."

1. Peace
The night is the best time to get things done. No one is calling, most businesses aren't open so I can't run errands, and there is no construction or leaf blowing. When we go outside, we have the city to ourselves. We can bike in the streets. Walk through the neighborhood with a beer. Have the pool to ourselves.

2. It's over 20 degrees cooler.
Have I mentioned we live in Texas and don't have a car? Going to the grocery store in the heat of the day is a sunburnt journey of nauseating proportions.

3. We are forced to make our own rules.
When is lunchtime? When do we go to bed? Instead of letting social norms tell us what to do, we have to design our schedule. We go with the flow and follow the cues of our bodies, and over time we develop our very own pattern.

4. It teaches you how to feel good no matter what time of day it is.
It can be a lot of work maintaining a good mood without sunlight. But it's like training for a marathon wearing a lot of heavy weights. Then when you run the race without weights, you feel like you're flying. After learning how to feel good with a nocturnal schedule, being awake during the day feels like a decadent vacation!

5. It's like tripping without drugs.
Want to blur the lines of reality without consuming questionable substances? A nocturnal life is the way to go! Prime magick-making time is from 3-4am, when the veil between worlds is the thinnest. It's effortless to get in touch with your spiritual side, if you dare!

Jessica Mullen

Living the magick life.

3 COMMENTS
  • novaa

    this is badass! also i love mia so the fact you guys worked together for this makes me super happy :DD

    And yes, there is a tangible magic about the air in the early morning hours– especially 3 or 4 a.m., right before the sun rises. it’s like a between-realms time! go looking for fairy rings! i used to do this when i was in grade school. just something to do if you want to be outside!

    ^____^

  • jessica mullen

    Thanks Ms. Novaa! I had to look up fairy rings, what a magical occurrence! Your parents let your grade school ass out at 3am?!?!! Hehe

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