According to Sunday’s paper there is a new trend beginning among people who can’t find enough time in their day to both work and get their personal errands run. Rather than try to squeeze these necessities in when the sun is out, some people are waking in the wee hours of the night to work out at local 24 hour gyms, grocery shop at stores that are open all night, and send emails or take care of business from the computer.
One mother in the article sleeps for a while once her children are in bed and then gets up after midnight to email clients and friends. Then she sleeps for a few additional hours before her kids rise for the day.
Another man, a student, works out between the hours of 1 and 5 AM. He says it is great this way; employees recognize him and the machines are always free.
Nowadays, many shops and stores do cater to the later crowd. If you live in a mid-sized city and need food, personal care items, a run on a treadmill, or even a large latte, you can generally find someplace in town that will service your needs when the moon is up.
Of course, you have to have a lifestyle that is condusive to this type of schedule. For one, if you have little babies at home you aren’t able to run around town at all hours of the night shopping because the baby will wake for food and comfort. Also, a single working mother would not be able to leave the house in the middle of the night. But she would be able to get up, check emails, and take care of things like cleaning the house, folding laundry, and business related matters.
Someone who works a full time job outside of the house might have a more difficult time with this schedule. And I’m not sure that I could keep up with it. I need consecutive sleep. In fact, I could get up earlier after having five hours of sleep in a row, but I don’t think I could sleep for two, work for three, and then sleep for another three. My mind crashes without enough rest. This type of schedule is reminiscent of when my daughter was a newborn. At that time I would occasionally find my purse in the fridge and the milk on the end table. I had trouble forming complete sentences.
Maybe it is different when you are doing this for work rather than for catering to a newborn. I might give this a try in the future, but for now I think I’ll stick to waking early and going to bed late.
If any of you work this type of schedule and would like to share the logistics of it, or if any brave readers are up for a new challenge and want to give this a try, please write in with your findings. I would love to read more about the upsides and downsides of early morning scheduling.