[OT] Speaking of Nighthawks…

(Self-quarantine: Day 23)

I logged onto Facebook at 5:30 this morning, and couldn’t believe the number of East Coasters who were online. Up way too late? Up way too early? Probably a combination. I spoke with a friend I grew up with, and she said that now that she’s working from home, her normally-erratic sleep habits have completely jumped the tracks. I told her it’s as if the whole world’s jet-lagged, and we haven’t even gone anywhere.

Is everybody in the same boat?


  1. I started working from home a few years ago because I wanted a regular routine in life. Since then I have been waking up and sleeping at more or less the same times, even during the weekends and holidays. It’s a sad thing to see that for some people, working from home means never getting off work.

  2. It took a pandemic before my wife’s company would let her work from home, but now they’ve got her — as Sheep describes — never getting off work.

    Weekend? What’s that? She was online before 7, and I’ll probably have to pry her away for dinner twelve hours from now.

  3. Actually, I have been consciously sticking to my regular routine from pre-pandemic. Good sleep is perhaps more critical now, since disrupted sleep can suppress your immune system. Went to sleep at 11:00 last night, up at 6:45, just like any other Saturday.

  4. It’s definitely not everyone. Many people are sticking to a normal (or close-to-normal) schedule.

  5. As luck would have it, my wife and I both work for the same company and now work from home. But we’re hourly, not salaried, so we’re strictly 10.00 to 6.30 Monday to Friday. Any work outside those hours qualifies us for overtime.
    On the other hand, I think the lack of being out and about might be taking its toll, because I’m getting regular sleep but somehow benefitting from it less.

  6. My wife worked 3rd shift (RN) for years and, because it suits her, continues the up night/sleep day schedule. I retired into this pandemic time-frame and… it’s odd. I find myself hanging out till AM hours, not sure when to get up. I make her coffee around 4 PM or so, and have a cuppa myself, shared company. I still have one 8:30 AM class a week, and that helps keep me sorta honest, but there are some wild swings going on. Interesting remembrances, such as the REM ditty about the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine. So far.

  7. When I what were a productive member of society, I steadfastly declined work at home capability. I liked to divide home from work. It would lead to stuff like:
    “I will be on vacation next week.”
    “Will you be following email?”
    “No, I’m on vacation.”

  8. As I wasn’t working, the “stay home” hasn’t made too much difference to me, other than no hockey. I have been trying different times and days for grocery shopping looking for less crowded options.

  9. I’m “essential”, or at least my company tells me I am. I’m a tax preparer. That means I deal with the public every day. No symptoms yet. I will probably catch it on or around April 15.

  10. I’m still sticking to the roughly 0500-1230 sleep schedule that I fell into a few months after retirement.

  11. 20 years ago I worked second shift for five years. I was always a nightowl, but I’ve been up ad odd hours of the night since. Early mornings are really difficult for me. I just recently joined Facebook, and am constantly amazed when I get notifications after 2 AM in a Group dedicated to my Boston-area hometown. I mean don’t they have better things to do with their small hours than posting on Facebook? 🙂

  12. MiB: I found this on the WWW, apparently originally from Twitter:

    Got a letter that says I’m an essential employee, and a paycheck that says I’m not. – jake merch @jakefm

    Oh, and here’s hoping for your continued good health.

  13. I’ve been working from home for about two years. I have always tended to be a night owl. My work progress is measured in terms getting my copy in on time. How I do it or when or how long I take (as long as I don’t go over) doesn’t matter. That and several other factors have come together to produce an odd kind of schedule:
    -We have no children or pets to walk that make demands on our time
    -MrsSingaporeBill, due to health issues and medication tends to keep irregular hours. I follow along, at least a bit, since I like being awake when she is
    -The vast majority of my work is done with colleagues who are located in the UK, which is 5 hours ahead of my time zone. Many of our clients are UK-based, so getting something done by the “end of the day” for a client means it has to be done by noon my time.
    -I run errands during the afternoon when crowds at the bank or market are smaller (well, I used to)
    -I take a nap sometimes or watch TV and then work more later in the day

    My head honcho is good about not asking for too much. He fully expects us to only give him a day’s worth of work for his dollar. Sometimes we get a crush on, but other times it gets pretty light.

    So, no. No big changes except I don’t get to go outside and burn up some energy as I used to every day.

  14. Somebody wrote that we need to go back to the days when we had underwear with the days of the week on them, just so we’ll remember what day it is.

    I’m still working a normal 40-hour week, but it’s from home, and there’s already been a couple of mornings when I woke up and had no idea whether I needed to make the commute (across the room) to work.

  15. I always wondered about “25 or 6 to 4”, and I finally decided to look it up (fully aware that I might the only one here who didn’t know):

    This was written by Robert Lamm, who is a keyboard player and singer for Chicago. It’s about trying to write a song, with the title referring to the time of day: either 3:35 a.m. (25 to 4) or 3:34 a.m. (26 to 4). Lamm explained on The Chris Isaak Hour: “I was living with a bunch of hippies up above Sunset Strip. One of the advantages of this particular house was that it was in the Hollywood Hills and I could look out over the city late at night. I wanted to try to describe the process of writing the song that I was writing. So, ‘waiting for the break of day, searching for something to say, flashing lights against the sky’ – there was a neon sign across the city. That song came from the fact that it was 25 or 6 to 4 a.m. in the morning when I looked at my watch – I was looking for a line to finish the chorus.

  16. I have always been a night person – get it from my dad – we would watch late night movies on TV on nights that were not before a school day (mom and sisters were morning people). Robert was not as bad, but living with me has made him into one also. Clients always think I am at another client in the morning when I come to them in the afternoon. (“Wednesday morning? Ummm, have a appointment – how about the afternoon?”) One of the reasons I don’t like traveling is that we have get up “early” such as 10 am or even earlier sometimes.

    I have gotten much worse over the decades and when Robert quit his job 12 years ago – we lost our main reason to follow a schedule that involves getting up early (by any definition of same). I have trouble now falling asleep before 5 am and if I do have to get up early it will be even harder for me to fall asleep the night after doing so and the more days in a row or week I have to get up early, the later I fall asleep – can be 6 am or 8 am. Robert will fall asleep earlier and wake earlier. Right now it is 2 am. I am on my laptop in the kitchen – he is on his desktop in our office. In about an hour he will come downstairs and we have “late night snack” which technically is breakfast and we have usually have cereal for same and then we will go to bed – and tonight I will change the bedding before same as it is Tuesday.

    Now – when my embroidery group is meeting normally I will be at the meeting at 10 am (living a 5 minute away ride and talking 15 maximum to dress helps a lot). When our unit does a reenactment we will have to wake much earlier as setup often starts at 10 for a noontime event start and dressing for same takes each of us at least half an hour – plus driving time to the event. But we always manage to do so.

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