Sleeping in has negative connotations. It’s mostly because the people who consistently hit snooze are often caught running late and leaving others waiting. But sleeping in is not as big of a deal as its made out to be. In fact, people who sleep in are often better friends than those who get up early.
Here are seven reasons why:
1). You Can Connect with Them
Somebody who is well-rested is easier to connect with. People who sleep in are rarely meeting you for coffee at 6:30 AM before their big meeting. They’re also not squeezing you in between dance practice and their networking event.
Instead, people who sleep in move at a slower pace and make their connections more meaningful. You’ll never have to run a background check on a late sleeper if you have one as a friend or acquaintance because they are among the most trustworthy people you’ll ever meet, with no hidden agenda. They have more time to devote to spending quality time together. As an added bonus, that free time means that they are not thinking about other things when you’re hanging out.
2). They Remain Forever Young
People who allow themselves to sleep in aren’t caught up in the rat race. They don’t suffer from the hyper-competitiveness that plagues so many people after age 25. This keeps them feeling young and stops them from aging prematurely.
They’ve still got priorities. They’re just not so tightly wound.
Everyone needs someone like this in their life to keep you from spiraling out of control. After all, have you ever seen wrinkles and gray hairs on someone who sleeps until noon?
3). They Appreciate Their Alone Time
People who like to sleep can appreciate the time they spend alone. They’re often dreamers who enjoy spending time exploring the depths of their imaginations.
This makes them amazing friends because they can do things alone. They don’t need to call you for lunch every single day. You can take a trip together and spend some restorative time apart without questioning your friendship.
Having someone who loves you but does not need to be next to you all day is refreshing because you can grow as friends and as individuals. That is the best and longest-lasting kind of friendship.
4). They Reflect on Their Actions
Late sleepers are more contemplative than other people. It makes them great friends because they don’t jump the gun when thinking about important things. They are less likely to blame you for something you didn’t do because they thought too fast. Instead, they’re more likely to take responsibility for their shortcomings.
This translates into less drama, zero resentment and an awesome friendship.
5). They Have a Calm Aura
Everyone needs that one friend who projects a calm aura because that calmness is infectious. If you spend even a few minutes alone with them, you begin to feel better.
Their calm nature also makes them better listeners. They are more likely to listen to you when you are in distress than to jump in and offer their own advice. Then, when you’re all worked up they can bring you back down to earth with a soft landing.
6). They Work Smart, Not Hard
It is incorrect to say that people who sleep in are lazy. In fact, they’re more productive than most because they get the sleep they need and then work during their most productive hours. More importantly, they rank working smart over working hard.
It does not matter who you are, everyone can use a lesson in working productively. At the very least, it is inspiration; but if you’re not careful, your friend’s approach to sleep and life can change the way you do everything.
7). They Don’t Care What Others Think of Them
Adults who choose to sleep past 7:30 AM don’t care what other people think of them. Rather than focusing on other people’s opinions, they do what they want because who do you sleep for if not for yourself?
Having one friend who does not care about the petty opinions of others will help you remember that your ex’s mother’s sister was not right about you.
Everyone needs a late sleeper in their life. Not only do they help calm you down but they help you achieve a more balanced perspective on life. Late sleepers might often be late but they are definitely worth the wait.
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