I was not a morning person when I met Andrew during my first year of college. I’d cram my socializing and studying into the night, after afternoons of work and classes. courses even, I’ll freely admit, if their subjects neatly lined up with my interests.For the dynamics of my new relationship, this wasn’t problematic in the least.
With the onset of puberty, however, they begin to demonstrate an increased night-owl tendency, as compared with women.
This gender difference in sleep patterns extends into adulthood but declines or disappears after women reach menopause.
As research attests, there is considerable variation in our individual preferences to go to sleep early or late in the evening, or to wake up early or late in the morning.
At one end of the spectrum, early birds tend to retire and rise early; they are cognitively sharpest in the morning and don't perform as well in the evening.
(No, not even the promise of morning mating did the trick.) Every couple gets into their own rhythms, of course. So I picked up the slack, grudgingly: monitoring the alarm, wandering into the shower, indiscriminately grabbing clothing items, and—the main event—waking up my other half.