The world is divided into two types of people; those who live during the day and those who live during the night.
I never knew that so many people slept during the day and did things during the night until, by pure coincidence; I met three of them recently. I guess that working patterns are the main reason for this but others might struggle to sleep at night due to other reasons such as insomnia or snoring partners. I am guessing that a relatively small percentage of people choose to live this way on a regular basis without any good reason. Anyway, I got to wondering about the pros and cons of night living.
The Things to Do
The appearance of 24 hour supermarkets must have been a godsend for those people who don’t sleep during the hours of darkness. The chance to go and check out the price of cheese must be an irresistible temptation when it is just about the only thing you can do. There are the discos I suppose but I can’t imagine that anyone has the stomach to go to one of those every single night of the week. The internet is probably a big help as well, as you can get a lot of shopping done and speak to people who live in different zones as well, I guess.
I have been told that 24 hour telly exists but it is ages since I watched anything after about 1 in the morning. A quick scan at the listings shows that the shows on during the night aren’t actually that much different from those we see during the day. I was expecting to see lots of boring political debates and sheepdog trials but instead I found cop shows, films and even a bit of kick boxing fun. The fact that you can now record your favourite shows digitally means that the time you watch the box doesn’t really matter that much anymore. I wouldn’t fancy watching anything too frightening when I know that all of my neighbours are sleeping but it could be a good time for a bit of light hearted romantic comedy.
The Sun (or Lack of)
This is quite an important point, I think. They say that we all need to get a bit of sunlight to help our body function properly and to make us feel better. There are plenty of days in which we don’t see a lot of sun in these parts but we need to try and make the most of it. I reckon that living a life without ever seeing anything of the Yellow King of the Sky would be weird. It would probably make me feel like I was a cave dweller or someone who lives in one of those underground cities which sci-fi writers always try and tell us we will need to move to one day when the Martians or the rats take over the land. You probably get used to living in perpetual darkness but it surely can’t be good for you. It’s definitely a drawback in my opinion.
It sounds incredibly cool and bohemian to sleep all day and come alive at night but to be honest the fun factor just isn’t all that it appears to be. Doing it now and then might be a decent idea if you feel the need for a change of pace but I just can’t bring myself to recommend it to you as a lifestyle choice. Unless you’re addicted to 24 hour supermarkets and watching kick boxing in the dark, that is.
If you need to solve a snoring problem to start sleeping at night instead of during the day then it can be easier to stop snoring than you think.