How do you night owls handling working a 9 to 5

I recently got a good math modeling job in industry. I’ve been working for about 1 month. This is not my first job – I went back to school to get a masters studying geometric control theory. Prior too that I worked as an engineer at a large company. I didn’t like my old job but this one seems much more promising.

Anyway, like in my old job, I am having an extremely tough time adjusting to a 9 to 5 routine. I generally have two periods of natural productivity. The first is late morning to late afternoon where I prefer to sit down and grind out work, the second is from just after sunset to about 1am or 2am where my energy is more creative. In the absence of an alarm clock I generally wake up around whenever the sun rises, do some morning stuff, go back to bed about an hour later and wake up around 2 to 3 hours later. Practically 10am is when I’ll typically wake up and around 2-3am is when I’ll fall asleep. I love taking an afternoon nap around 5pm

Waking up at 7 am and working until 4pm is seriously fucking me up. I stay exhausted throughout the whole day. Coffee doesn’t help beyond a certain point. I can’t concentrate because sitting in an office being physically inactive only makes my fatigue worse. Then when I get home, I’m so tired I take a 1 hour nap. From there I can’t get back to bed until about 1am because I’m very energized. I’ve had this problem for years. I thought it would go away as I’ve gotten older, but I’m almost 30 and I feel like I’m back in highschool missing first and second period.

Some things I’ve tried or do in the past. No coffee/caffine after mid afternoon No naps Blue light filters Regular exercise No big meals after dinner Sleep apnea treatment Morning workouts Napping in the bathroom (too risky but does help)

Anyone got some good suggestions on how to deal with this? Maybe I should I start doing speed like Erdos.

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