There’s a new term for a lifestyle that some have adopted but few have heard of. It’s called “Super Lark.” What’s a Super Lark?
It’s someone who routinely wakes up very early, well before sunrise. Why would someone do this? There are a lot of reasons.
For one thing, such a daily structure provides an off-cycle lifestyle. By being awake when others are sleeping, you inherit a quiet, peaceful world.
Rather than gulping down a cup of coffee and diving into rush hour traffic, a Super Lark will savor a leisurely, peaceful morning with a quiet, meditative vibe.
Those who prefer the schedule use their morning hours to meditate, read, write, putter or exercise.
The ultimate Super Lark is Mark Wahlberg, who heads to bed at 7:30 p.m. so that he can rise at 2:30 and spend time in prayer, the shower, the gym and cryo chamber all before anyone else is even starting to wake up.
If Mark is the Ultimate Super Lark, Benjamin Franklin is the original. He noted how an “early to bed and early to rise” routine creates a feeling of accomplishment and clear-headedness.
Some people adopt the Super Lark life because they’re unable to sleep in due to insomnia. Rather than tossing and turning they just go ahead and start their day.
But no one lifestyle is for everyone. Lately I’ve been embracing the Super Lark life. I like going out for a walk when no one else is around. And I do feel accomplished knowing I’ve already crossed half the items off my to do list by lunchtime.
It’s just something to experiment with, if it piques your interest. And if it does not, keep sleeping. The Super Larks will be quietly going about their day and will not disturb you.
Barbara Wayman, APR