If you are reading this, you are probably a nocturnal blogger yourself!
Last week, I was working on my next blog post and happened to get stuck up.
Keen to press the publish button before pulling up my socks for the night, I switched on my Facebook chat and sent a message to 6 blogger friends, asking them, “Are you, by any chance, awake?”
It was 3.10 am, and I knew it was futile.
To my utter surprise, 5 of them responded immediately. “Yes??”
That was what set me thinking- Are bloggers nocturnal creatures?
I, for sure, can be put in the same category as bats and owls.
But what about the others?
I talked to my doctor friends and sleep experts to know how working till late at night could affect a person. Needless to add, all of them tried hard to impress upon me the importance of “Early to bed, early to rise”.
Let me share what various experts told me, beginning (biased as I am) with the benefits of working till late at night.
Advantages of Working till Late at Night
- You have the whole night to yourself. During the day, you might have to stop your work midway because of lack of time.
- Night time is free of all distractions. No door bell ringing, no phone calls, no visitors, no washing machine timer going off, no kids’ home work to take care of.
- You can actually FINISH whatever you are working at, and go to bed with a sense of accomplishment.
While all that is great, staying up till late at night can take a heavy toll on your mind a body.
Disadvantages of Working till Late at Night
Every time I go to bed at 2am or, at times, even later than that, I cannot help but wonder how I am going to pull off my next day.
- Most of the people who work till late at night cannot afford the luxury of sleeping till the next afternoon. If you have to get up at 7.30 am, for instance, after sleeping at 3 in the morning, it means you are getting less than five hours of sleep. Chances are you will get up tired, with every bone in your body cursing you for not having crept under the blanket earlier.
- Even if you can afford to sleep till late hours in the morning, you cannot enjoy uninterrupted, peaceful sleep like night time. Your sleep can and will be interrupted by the traffic outside, your mom/wife shouting at someone, kids/siblings making noise while they are getting ready for school or work, phone calls, and so on.
- You miss out on fresh early morning air. I, personally, have not seen the sunrise since ages. Oh yes! The last time I did ‘get up’ early was when I had to catch a train at 4 am. And knowing that it would be tough for me to get up at 3am, I decided not to sleep during the night at all. And though I made up for it by sleeping during the 6 hour journey, I have no words to explain the surge of freshness that I felt as the cool early morning breeze brushed against my face. Late risers miss out on that.
- You might even have a headache. Most of us are lucky enough to get away with a mild headache. But if, God forbid you get up with a severe headache, you will ruin the entire day. So much for making the most out of the night! Phew!!!
- Getting up late means you are perpetually behind schedule for the next day. You get up at 11 am, have your breakfast at 12 noon and take a bath at 1 pm. That means, you have already lost half the day!!
- When you see that you are just getting to work at 1 pm, you feel annoyed at yourself for having wasted half the day and are under tremendous stress all through next day for being behind schedule.
- Unless you are willing to hit the gym in the evening, you also lose out on exercise if you get up late.
- More often than not, you make up for the paucity of time by skipping out breakfast which is extremely unhealthy. Doing so means unhealthy snacking at 10-11 am and also feeling sluggish all through the morning.
- If you have to report for work at time the next morning, you might not b able to land up at your office at the appointed hour, which means getting nasty looks from your boss and co-workers both. Who would empathize with you if you told them you were working till 3 AM? They would, in most probability, think that you were partying, playing video games, chatting to hot babes over the internet or, may be, watching porn!!!
- Not to mention, sleeping late plays havoc with your metabolism, causes you to put on weight, gives you dark circles around your eyes and ruins your interpersonal relationships with your sleeping partner.
If you, too, work till late at night- fix up a time for yourself. Tell yourself, “I will sleep by 1 or 2 (or whenever), no matter what”, and try to stick to that. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep if you do not want to suffer from sleep deprivation.
If you are used to burning midnight oil and staying awake for most part of the night, just weigh the pros vs. the cons. And try not to compromise with your health at the cost of work.