Sleep and working from home

Sleep and working from home

Do your sleep habits interfere with your work schedule?

Since I started working from home full-time seven years ago, the thing I have struggled with most is regulating my sleep schedule so that I can make the most of my work day.

The problem is that I am a born night owl: I work best at night, and I tend toward a late schedule, even when I'm not working late into the night.  (Ever since I was a teen, staying up late at night to read has been one of my guilty pleasures.) 

But I also function best when I get 8 or 9 hours of sleep.  At best, the combination tends to eliminate much of my mornings as productive time, as even if I get up at a decent time, I tend to take a while to get "warmed up."  At worst, though, it means that I sleep too late in the mornings, and it ends up being wasted time.

This worked out better when I worked late at night, but a few years ago, I decided to try to normalize my schedule a little bit, since I was sleeping half the day away on the weekends when my husband was home.  I've managed to start going to bed and getting up a little earlier, but unfortunately I often use that late night time for reading now instead of working, so I'm still not getting up as early as my office-bound counterparts.  Though that is, I suppose, the advantage to working from home.

What I've noticed most of all is that, even when I do get up earlier, I still don't manage to get much done with that time in the morning.  Getting up earlier seems to result in me needing more time to "warm up" in the morning than I used to.

On the other hand, I know someone else who works from home who is a morning person.  She often wakes up at 4 or 5 a.m. and starts work, but the downside of that is she is winding down and getting tired when clients still expect her to be working.

What about you?  Are you a night person or a morning person, and what impact have you found your sleep habits have on your work schedule?