Are you an introverted night owl? Maybe you love to stay up late working on your art, reading, or simply thinking. If so, you’re not alone.
Many introverts find peace in the solitude of nighttime. After all, introverts tend to be easily overstimulated by noise, crowds, and socializing—all the things that are ever present during the day.
At night, much of that stimulation is removed. What remains is a sense of quiet connection to our inner self.
We can hear our thoughts at night
Many introverts love staying up late, because it’s the only time we can truly hear our own thoughts and make sense of them.
For introverted overthinkers, having a stretch of solitude to untangle some of our biggest thought knots is a great relief.
Many introverted creatives love staying up late, because we come up with our best ideas at night. It feels easier to tune into our creativity when the world is asleep.
As an author, I love reading about the routines of famous writers. I’ve noticed that a lot of writers, many of whom are also introverts, prefer to write late at night or early in the morning, because it’s easier to get into a creative flow at those times.
I know that for me, when the noise and the busyness of the day sets in I find it a lot more difficult to focus and get in the zone creatively. But when the world sleeps my mind can run free.
There is another reason introverts might stay up late and sleep during the day.
Staying up late to avoid people
If you’re looking to avoid contact with other people, being a night owl may help you maintain your bubble.
With fewer people awake, you can roam free, without having to make small talk, or even eye contact, with other human beings.
Of course, not all introverts want that level of isolation, but for those who do the cloak of night is especially enticing.
The other day I was interviewed by a reporter for The Atlantic magazine named Faith Hill. She’s working on a piece about people who sleep during the day and live/work at night.
She had come across my blog post An Introvert’s Strange Sleeping Disorder, where I wrote:
“We introverts crave the absolute solitude that only the cloak of night can offer. While others are snoozing soundly, dreaming of showing up to school naked, we are wide awake. And enjoying every minute.”
During our conversation, she asked if I thought there were many “extreme introverts” who are night owls, because they want zero contact with other human beings.
I said that most of the introverts I encounter want at least some human contact, preferably in the form of one or two trusted companions.
I said that I believed that recluses, such as the North Pond Hermit who hid from people for 27 years are likely very rare.
Of course, if you do happen to be an extreme introvert who doesn’t want any human contact there’s nothing wrong with that.
As I’ve said before, most things in our lives aren’t ‘good’ or ‘bad’, they simply work for us or they don’t.
So, if being a hermit works for you, in the sense that it’s not negatively impacting your goals and mental health, then hermit to your heart’s content.
If you happen to be an introvert night owl who uses the cloak of night to avoid all human contact, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
If you’re simply an introvert who likes to stay up late to think and create, I’d love to hear from you, too!
P.S. If you’re new to the blog, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Michaela Chung, author of The Irresistible Introvert and The Year of The Introvert, and creator of this amazing innie community we have here. For several years, I’ve been building up a labyrinth of introvert resources that will take you on a magical journey toward more confidence, connection, and self-love. Start with this free Introvert Connection Guide.