The Life of a Person Who Wakes Up Really, Really Early
New research suggests that extreme early risers—people who wake up before 5:30 a.m.—might be more common than anyone expected, Olga Khazan reported this month.
I used to work on the space-shuttle program and, as a crew leadman, I would roll down NASA Causeway often before 3:30 in the morning, even though my work shift began at 6:30. If I was scheduled for a special event such as a convoy (bringing the spacecraft to the launchpad), I would get up even earlier. I wrote my best engineering documents in the very early hours of the morning, and the same goes for reading my Bible—I always retain so much more.
I thought I was an oddball, and it delights me to know that others have this sleep pattern, too. I am retired now, but am still up early to cook the men’s breakfast once a month in our church.
After reading your article, I realized how many beautiful sunrises I see.
Mineral Bluff, Ga.
It’s 3:04 a.m., and I just read your article. I’m thrilled that I slept until three. I have been an early riser for many, many years and fit the profile to a tee.
Thank you for the article, it cleared up a lot of questions for me. I thought I was the only one with this “problem.”
St. Augustine, Fla.