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They call some people night owls

     For they love to stay up late,

But rising when the sun arrives

     Is something which they hate.

 

They’re grumpy, grisly, grouching folk –

     Not nice at breakfast-time -

But in the evening there’s a change.

     Their temperament’s sublime.

 

The larks are quite the opposite.

     It’s mornings they like best.

A lark’s the first to start the day

     And leave its human nest.

 

They shake off sleep quite easily.

      They’re up to meet the dawn.

It’s breakfast time they feel their best

     With no signs of a yawn.

 

But don’t ask larks to stay out late -

     That wouldn’t suit at all!

By evening they just think of sleep

     As in their beds they crawl.

 

 Our own internal body clock

     Sends signals to our brain.

It tells us when to go to bed

     And when to wake again.

 

Our eyes send messages as well

     As dark and light they see.

Our body clock gets ticking when

     It’s wound up by their key.

 

The problem is we do not want

     Our guidance from the sun,

So we put electric lighting on

     And stay up having fun.

 

If your body clock becomes confused,

     Then sleep, you just cannot.

I have a tip to help you sleep

     Which I find helps a lot.

 

If you don’t want to be an owl,

     Go early to your bed,

For after several hours of sleep

     You’ll rise a lark instead.

 

 

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