The early bird catches the worm” is a phrase that we’ve all heard since the days of elementary school (I know my mom used to say that as she packed my lunch!). But what if your brain is just programmed to work at night? Whether it’s the midnight moonlight or the hush that falls over the house when everyone’s asleep, working after-hours can equal some serious productivity. So, we spoke with a group of millennial night owls to find out how they best burn the midnight oil:


1. Turn off the gadgets.

I turn my phone off because most people are feeling social after 7pm, but that’s when I do my best work. Also, being aware that wifi networks seem to be busiest between 8 and 10pm, I try not to schedule long-distance video calls or work on something that requires streaming video at that time.” — Nic Chapa, 27, mobile UX/UI designer

2. Sleep in when you can.

“I do my best work when I can focus without interruptions, so I generally tackle tasks that require deep concentration at night when the activity of the day slows down and others are asleep. Then, I try to structure my calendar to have few responsibilities before 10am. Of course, this is not always possible, but when it is, I push major obligations to the late morning and afternoon so that I have time to sleep well and recover from the previous night’s work.” — Candace Jones, 27, senior manager, business operations

3. Take small breaks.

“With medical school, work, and my new puppy, I don’t sleep very much. But the nighttime is when I do my best studying. My tip would be to take breaks. Whenever I start to feel sleepy or my focus is off, I just put everything down and listen to music. The music energizes me and gets me motivated for another round of studying. To wake up in the morning, I take a hot shower.” — Cameron Henry, 25, medical student

Are you a night owl or a morning person? Have any tips to share about your night or morning routine? Leave your tips in the comments below.

This post was originally published on Levo League by Alexandria Butler.