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One thing I’ve noticed in many empaths and highly-sensitive people is the tendency to be either a night owl or an early bird. If you regularly stay awake until 1 A.M. or later or wake up well before the sun rises, you may be experiencing this. I’ve always been a night owl. Even as a child, my mother said that I liked to stay awake late and sleep in. As a baby, it was common for me to not fall asleep until after 9 pm. And when I was a bit older I remember laying in bed many evenings trying to get to sleep with no success. Even now I prefer to keep later hours than most people. And I see a similar pattern…especially in those that are highly sensitive to energy. This is particularly true in my friends who are performers. I am very active in the theatre world in my town. And when I’m involved in a play to musical it isn’t uncommon to have rehearsals that last until 9:30 or 10 pm. When it’s time for dress rehearsals we are usually at the theatre even later! But so many of my creative theatre friends are night owls and thrive in the evenings. Most have to adapt to earlier hours to accommodate conventional jobs. But if given the chance they would typically stay awake later and sleep in. I know other people outside of the performing arts world who are sensitive who are early birds. These people love getting up at 3:30 or 4 am before the world is awake. This is when they are most productive and they thrive with this schedule.