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I read somewhere that too much working at night isn't healthy for one's body and mind. A particular writer mentioned developing insomnia as a result of his constantly being awake in the night to work.
Do you have such experience with your working at night? Is it harmful to one's health by always staying too long awake at night to work?
I think for anyone if you're not getting enough sleep for a prolonged period you're going to feel the effects of it. A lack of sleep can cause a number of things - foggy memories, irritability, a difficulty in focusing on tasks - which are all bad things if you're trying to concentrate on writing! Sleep needs to be a priority!
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It has been happening to me and it is pretty sad. I don't really enjoy my sleep anymore nowadays and it is something that I should be looking at improving. Also, I noticed that there are times when I will forget the things that I set out to do in a particular day.
Yea it happens sometimes to me too because I sleep very late, so I have a jotter that I just write down my daily task but if it becomes to much I just take a day or two off and have a long night sleep.
Nice habit I will actually try it out and see how well it will work out for me. I have a habit of sleeping late as well and this might affect me without knowing so it is important to start readying myself early enough.
Having more than enough sleep is much preferable. We need to have good rest if we hope to accomplish difficult tasks. Lack of sleep can also affect our performance. Our quality of thinking becomes impaired when we're too tired.
Yes, you are right. Everything is difficult when our mind and body is tired. It's hard to performed or finish one task if you're sleepy. I can't think of anything except yawning. It's best to take care of ourselves.
That's always the problem with lack of sleep. I also found out that being sleepy can sometimes feel like you're drunk.
It has similar symptoms of drowsiness and lack of concentration. This is why we tend to slur our words whenever we're falling asleep.
That could be an early sign of overwork. It's when our bodies are not getting sufficient rest after a hard day's work. Sleep is important for our bodies. It's the time when we recover and improve our overall functions for the next day.
It happens to me a lot of times and the hardest part is when you are sleepy but can't sleep.
It's actually scary to know that the effects of not getting enough sleep is evident on you and you know that it's happening. But, sometimes, it's hard to fight it because there are things which we have to do overnight for tomorrow. I feel sad about it.
Yea, I have experienced such and it wasn't pleasant because I kept on struggle to keep up to the extent I was using pill, I nearly pass out.
That's horrible. It would really be bad if you kept doing that. Events such as this serves as a wake up call. We're reminded of the fragile nature of our bodies. We can only do so much before things take a turn for the worse.
That where time management comes in, so you will still have enough sleep during the night.
Yes, it's very important to do that. Time well managed keeps us healthy and confident in our work life. We don't stress out over schedules. Most of all, we feel great throughout the day.
There are times I want to review a book before the timeline. I read deep into the night and after finishing, I review the book. When I go to bed sleep evades me and it takes too long before I sleep.
Yes, because the knowledge that you just acquired from reading it before you go to bed is still functioning, that's why I suggest taking some rest first before you go to bed after you read books.
You're right. It helps you better understand what you just read. And it can become long term memory because it's the last thing you remember before falling asleep. I think I read this in an article about how to remember stuff.
Unless you make it a habit, these effects will be gone in a couple of days. Puffy eyes, tiredness during the day and low energy can be fixed with a good night's sleep, so don't worry if you have to pull an all-nighter every once in a while.
That's nice of you to share. However, I still would recommend we avoid them as much as possible. We can never belittle the limited extent of our body's capacity.
Sleep is the best recuperation we get on a daily basis. So compromising on that part can and will eventually lead to possible complications. I just hope that we don't pull all night shifts more than once a month.
Yes, you're absolutely right.
I've been avoiding all-nighters like the plague. It messes so much with my energy levels, and it's not worth it. I remember in my college days I wouldn't mind it so much, but now it really takes a toll on the body.
That's right. We easily fall into the mindset that just because we're not yet too old, we're immune to possible consequences. But it's wrong.
Everything leads to something. Just as a good lifestyle increases lifespan, the opposite happens for overworking and lack of proper sleep.
I understand what you have said. It is true that because of many things to do and need to finish on time we are force to continue it at night and sometimes it takes several hours to finish it. In the end we never see it almost early morning and yet we still continue working.
I have no idea of the number of times I thought it was still kind of early and all of a sudden I noticed the sun coming out on my window, realizing I spent the whole night working up until the next day. After that happened several times, I make a point in stopping every two hours to stretch my legs, drink a glass of water, and be aware of the time. That way, I can go to sleep in a reasonable hour.
That's an interesting word choice. Reasonable hour. It could mean many things depending on the person. It's worth noting that sleep specialists actually recommend we get 9 hours of sleep. Especially, for those working tirelessly throughout the day.
That's really sad. The fact that we can't avoid sleeping late says a lot. Our daily schedules can take their toll on our bodies. It's best we live a healthy and productive life. We can never be too careful when it comes to sleep.
I feel you, we have work to do and we need to sacrifice our sleep for money.
We are humans and our human body is originally designed to work for a period of time only. Our body needs enough rest to be ready for tomorrows work. Working late at night for a long period of time can result into various sickness and diseases.
Yea thats true and you mentioned the consequences correctly, I think lack of sleep is unhealthy but I cant stop doing it because it's during the night that I feel relax to do thing.
Just make sure you get 9 hours of sleep a day. The extra hour is to make sure you're not lacking in rest. Because a lot of times, we fall behind the recommended hours of sleep. Prevention is better than cure.
Yes, I usually feel those things. I know how it is unhealthy but I can't avoid it because of the deadlines and my brain seem to work at night more than at day.
I think it's all a matter of balance. If you like to work at night until late, just make sure you wake up a little later than usual. Or try to have a 20-minute nap in the afternoon, that is a quick fixer that makes a huge difference.
That is right. Balance and proper time management in order to us have a better sleep every night. We should set a schedule and plans.
I don't like to work at night. My sleep is affected if I work at night. I feel I would collapse if I lack sleep.
Yes that is true if we are not used to it we will not really feel comfortable about it, we really need to have a good sleep so that we can focus on our duties and responsibility. I sometimes feel sleepy afterwards whenever I am working late at night especially if I don't have a good sleepy in the previous days.
Me too. I am so affected if I work late at night. I feel wobbly. I would like to have enough sleep every night.
That was terrible. Whenever I have incomplete sleep I feel irritated and short temper. I have a short patience. I decided to stop sleeping late so that I would avoid these feelings.
I been feeling those things for a while, I had really a bad insomnia and I am usually awake at night and only sleep for 4hrs for day.
I'm sorry about that. Have you tried to do some exercise, cut caffeinated drinks and rest your eyes frequently? These tips don't cure insomnia, but they can help a little bit.
Having insomnia is really hard and very frustrating. I would advice you to see a doctor regarding to your condition. Lack of sleep may have bad cause to your body in the end.
You're right. It's really obvious when you've gotten a good night's sleep. You're more active and alert. You can do tasks without getting easily exhausted. It's definitely a must for those with demanding jobs.
Yeah that is right. It feels like you are charged very well the whole night. Your mood is on point too. I had a problem with my sleep before and now I back to my old sleeping time.
Don't say all these because am one person who works late at night. I do not like to experience these things. I may plan to stop but work pushes me on
What I don’t want in lacking sleep is the drowsy feeling that I sometimes lose my focus and I become forgetful. When I have work in the office and I had to stay awake all night due to some activity like a party, I would take the next day off instead of going to work with a bad condition of my mind. When I was younger it is just fine to stay late and wake up early but at my age now that is not advisable anymore.
Well, working at night is fine as long as you had enough sleep during the day, like 8 hours of sleep during the day and working at night will be okay, I had a work before as a call center agent, we have our night shift, and I can say that there's nothing wrong to work at night as long as you have enough sleep during the day.
I’ve worked at night before too in a similar environment, but science actually says too much work at night isn’t good for you!
Long-term night shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. ... People who work night shifts or rotating shifts also often don't sleep enough, and long-term sleep deprivation is known to be bad for health.
That’s directly from the National Sleep Foundation. The quality of sleep a person gets during the day just isn’t the same as night time sleep because of our circadian rhythms.
Yea I think this run down is clear and legit.
According to the article that I've read, our body usually recharges from 11PM to 4AM. It's the time that we should rest our body. Working too late at night could result in health problems. Sleeping during night time which our body needs is different from sleeping during the daytime. Hair fall and weak gums are some of the possible problems you'll have when you abuse yourself of always working too late at night. I actually experience this.
It’s crazy when you think about how many things suffer when sleep is affected - even those physical manifestations of poor sleep. I’ve really got to be diligent with trying to go to sleep earlier each day. Sometimes I just get caught up watching TV which is totally unnecessary.
Poor sleep could also lead to vehicular accidents according to research. It could also result in an unproductive day at work or a bad temper which causes problems with other coworkers.
yea possibly, the day may look kind of bored and unnecessary and little things can easily get you angry.
Maintain an optimal energy level is so important! If you don't sleep well, the next day you will have a shorter patience, be more hungry, and overall perform badly at work. And boring activities such as driving can become very dangerous, as you can fall asleep easily.
Haha, i did that almost everyday in high school that I almost had a problem with my dad over it. I always stay up every night to watch movies and then I sleep in class and I was reported to my parents.
Wow, I haven't heard about hair fall. Late night is very risky to me because I can risk losing my hair.
I had hair fall because of staying up too late and my skin began to dry.
Oh my gosh, me neither, I had no idea about that one. It sure explains a lot. My hair started falling a while after I first started working as a writer (which of course included working all night). This proves once more that sleep is extremely important for all of us.
This is serious. The earliest I can sleep even if I am exhausted is past midnight. After realizing the effects of having sufficient sleep, I am trying to adjust mind. Unfortunately, I find myself sleeping for one to two hours during the day. As a result, my sleep at night gets disrupted. I am also experiencing hair loss.
I feel bad for those working in Business Processing Outsourcing. They might be in trouble when they get older because of the nature of their work.
Maybe for those only working night till morning is in the risk of deteriorating their health. But for those working as a regular day, they'll be fine.
I think so. There are other BPO companies has a morning shift and that is good for the employees.
8 hours of sleep seems to be a long time. I have about 5 hours. I sleep late and wake up early just to make ends meet. I do this at night.
I am totally against the 8 hours sleep, it's too much so I sleep just for 6 hours and during exams I slash it to four.
8 hours sleep is good but sometimes I sleep more than that in the end I suffer headache for over sleep.
I also find 8 hours to be a long time. I would rather watch a nice movie or listen to music because at some point the sleep will be gone. 4-5hours is good for me.
I always say that sleep does not pay, and that is why I have to sacrifice sleep to make some extra coins.
I’m so jealous of all of you that can function on 5 hours of sleep or so! I’m so grouchy and irritable if I don’t get around 8 hours...so it’s better for me to get a good nights sleep for my productivity and overall mood!
Listening music I liked helps me to ease the stress in my mind. It helps me to relax when the time I needed it the most.
I don't think it works that way, I sleep almost every afternoon for more than 8 hours but after keeping late night I still can't wake up very early in the morning.
I am being affected by this situation and it's pretty sad that it is this way. I don't really enjoy my sleep anymore all in the name of thinking of how I can really do better with working. I think that I should start finding how I am going to balance the situation at the moment to avoid long-term damages.
I feel you, sometimes even my dreams are about work which pisses me off. I feel like a slave.
Forty days to two months without food a person could die but ten days to two weeks without sleep someone could die. A famous doctor in our country once said in one of his health forum that too much staying late at night can decrease water level in your body twice than speaking and any other activities. Because of this our body becomes acidic and we are prone to every kinds of diseases.
That is true, if I have a choice I would sleep early, however I have a lot of job to make and it's the reason why I still awake late.
The doctor may have been right or wrong. Right because it is a fact. Wrong because I do not want to believe. I work late very late.
It is up to you in the end. It is your body and you know what is right for you in the end.
This is scary. I never knew lack of sleep can cause ailments leading to death. Lack of sleep seems a very easy thing to do.
Of course, too much of everything is bad. Too much of sleepless nights is definitely not good. But, there are really times that we don't have a choice but to pull an all-nighter. It is a sad reality that we know about the effects, but we are still doing it.
Yes it is really sad. Most of our time is dedicated to working now a days, sometimes even office worker still works at home.
You need sleep to function. Period. Some people can go without sleep for long periods of time. It's possible, but ultimately you have to crash at some point. I am still coming up with business ideas late at night but I am hardly working on my business past 1 AM most of the time. I exit my day job most nights usually around 5:30 PM.
I agree with you, when I was in college I have an exam and project at the same time. So I didn't sleep for about 40hr, I really crash and almost got sick.
Lucky you. Most of us are not this lucky. We work late to beat deadlines and there are times when concentration becomes a problem. I have to put my feet in cold water to stay awake
Yes, and the saddest part is sometimes no matter how we put effort on something it the article still gets rejected.
I sympathise with long distance truck drivers. Their job forces them to go without sleep. There are leaves called khat which when chewed makes one not to become sleepy. It is not good for them.
I always do my work late at night, because it is where my brain function well. Yes, it has affected my body in a wrong way, I became thin since I start working at night and I became pale and my hemoglobin are getting low.
Doesn't sound good. You should always have something to eat if you're working late. Even if you skipped dinner, a bowl of fruit or a microwaveable snack are essential.
I will, I will. Thank you.
I agree with you, sometimes our brain works at those times.
Even though it's not good, we cannot deny that it really is true o a lot of people that their minds work best during those times. I guess, what we have to do is to train ourselves to live and sleep accordingly. It could be hard from the start, but, it's worth trying.
Working late night hours is inevitable for writers. We work to beat deadlines and some times we have just to work late. I never knew there were disadvantages. I have not experienced any.
You must be really healthy, I think it depends on the person's body.
Yes, its sad but because of our job we get really unhealthy.
Yes that is right and I am also experiencing such pressure that I need to finished some articles and I need to work late at night just to accomplished it. So far the only health issues that I encountered was feeling sleepy and a slight headache in the morning after I sleep.
Well, if you are health conscious, sure you'll be able to survive working late at night. It is also possible if you have a different time of waking up, working and sleeping.
Of course it is definitely harmful if you are deprived of the prescribed sleeping hours needed by your body. I am actually experiencing the harmful effects of working late at night and not having enough hours of sleep lately. A few days ago my throat became sore and I had a cough. My body is also kind of swollen and it's really hard for me to get up from bed. That is why I am actually inactive for two days straight in the forum. My brain became a bit lazy and I just wanted to sleep as much as I could because I was really very tired. However, I am still gonna work at night because that is the only time where I'm free to do m freelance job but I will definitely adjust my schedule so that I can still get enough sleep.
Well, working long hours at night is definitely not good for our health. Even if I know that it's not good for my health I still prefer to write during the nights because I have gotten used to it. However, I avoid doing work till morning hours and try to sleep as early as possible. If I am not able to sleep at night then I definitely try to catch some sleep during the day.
I feel you, and my brain seems more productive at late night than other time.
That is the best routine then. We need to complete atleast 7 to 8 hours a day of sleep.
It's harmful if you don't get any sleep within 24-48 hours. But working at nights doesn't mean you can't sleep during the day right? A simple solution is to adjust your sleeping schedule. If you're awake at night then sleep in the daytime and vise versa. A person can even go without sleep for extended periods of time but after that he should have a good long sleep.
The effect in sleeping during daytime is that your body will not get melatonin. Melatonin comes from sunlight and it helps our body to develop a hormone which is melatonin to become sleepy at night. I used to have this kind of time management but it became worst. I did not do what I need to do in daytime. I almost lost my social life too.
I think I am not affected working at night as long as I have completed the eight hours a day of sleep, I am comfortable working late at night because in day time I have a full time job that I need to cater that is why I am doing some multi tasking so that it would affect my freelancing earnings.
Wow that's fortunate that
you'll able to sleep at day. Because I don't know even if I sleep late, I still wake up around 9am.
Sometimes we must learn to manage our time wisely because even how busy we are as long as we do it right there is nothing impossible. Having a good sleep is my secret on why I can late night works despite of having a job at day time.
It must be very difficult for you to still awake on that time. If I was in your shoes I feel like my brain will be exploded anytime.
Yes it is very hard at first honestly but when you are used to it already then everything would now starting to be fine. I badly need some money right now that is why I am working hard to have such since I have a lot of things that I need to buy which I think one of the things that motivates me to keep working late at night.
Good for you then. If you can manage it perfectly so no need to worry about it as long as you have 8 hours of sleep I think your body would adjust it very well.
I had a bad insomnia and it is really hard to sleep at night for me. And in the morning I can't sleep, so I only have 4 hours sleep. I am always tired and groggy.
There are tablet before that I took. It was not a medicine actually, it is a pills like a vitamins that contains Melatonin. It is very effective. There are other brands like Speepasil which is good also. You can consult your doctor first before you take it.
I like working at night. It's quiet and I can concentrate better. And i like the cool air during the wee hours past midnight, I always open my window or the main door when I'm working at this hour. I sleep during the day about 2-4 hours and I would feel refreshed and rested again ready for another nights work.
When I worked nights, my life changed drastically. At first, it absolutely was coping with the adjustment of my time. When I got through that, and time went along, it appeared to change my outlook on life. I lived in a very different way than my family and friends. I felt a lot of isolated.
That’s such a good point you make about night work being quite isolating. It’s very difficult if you’re working at night but all of your family and friends are working normal schedules during the day. I know that the times in my life where I did night work, it was very hard to make plans with people who worked during the day.
That is right. You feel like you are all alone. It is hard feeling I guess. Everyone in your household is sleeping and you are still awake and cant sleep.
Sleep deprivation may be bad for your health. The negative effects will vary from individual to individual. Some people for example can sleep for only two or three hours and it's enough rest for them.
I don't work at night and couldn't even if I tried so the negative effects of sleep deprivation have never had to worry me. In any case as I doubt this would affect me much because for over 15 years I only manage about three hours of sleep every night.
I used to work too late at night. I thought it was good to work on that kind of schedule. At first I was really enjoying it because of the quiet surrounding and strong wifi connection. I noticed that something wrong with my schedule because I did not sleep as fast as I could before. I realized that because of that wrong time management my sleeping habit and body clock suffers. I am working early in the morning now and I back to my usually sleeping time.
I agree. I also tried to change my sleeping routine and tried to work at night. But I noticed that I feel weaker and less energetic in the morning. That's why I decided to get back to my sleeping routine and do my work in the morning instead. I also noticed the changes in my body when I suddenly changed my sleeping routine.
I am glad that you changed your sleeping time in to normal one. It took me a while before I did that actually. I am now in my normal sleeping time and my body clock used to it again.
As much as i know about the health implications of working constantly till late at night, I always see myself doing it; it has become a reoccuring decimal. When i think of how much more i can deliver if i decide to stretch more into the night, coupled with the fact that I'm not readily chanced to do my writings during the day, I often see myself keeping late night pearing through my phone's screen. And I don't escape the implications —tiredness and drowsiness during the day and all that. Most times I started the day tired, and ended it that way, only to feel i still need to do some typing before going to bed in the night. But I'm trying to cub this, by finding much time to rest during weekends, and trying to organize my day in such a way that I'd have a little time for my writing, so that whrn night comes I'd have little or no work to do
I can’t say that I’ve been affected by working too late at night, simply because I make an active effort of not doing so. I’ve had problems with insomnia for most of my life, so I went through a whole list of techniques and strategies in order to remedy my sleeping issues.
One of those techniques was to make a habit of putting down any work or psychologically strenuous activities at least two to three hours before bed. I can honestly say it’s made a huge difference in my sleep habits. These days I get up early in the morning, get all of my work done by mid-afternoon, and then the rest of the day is just for leisurely activities and hobbies.
Thinking too much about work or another project before bed inevitably results in a sleepless night.
I’ve read a lot of studies about insomnia and other sleep problems, and I feel like for many people it can be that they are attached to devices right until they go to bed. Even things like the light emitted by computers, tablets and smartphones makes our brains not understand its time for sleep - and for a prolonged period of time that can be really detrimental.
You make a good point about light being emitted from our devices. Our circadian rhythm is actually influenced by the levels of light our eyes are exposed to, specifically in the blue wavelength. When we’re exposed to blue light, our body doesn’t produce melatonin because it’s under the assumption that it’s daytime and it isn’t time for sleep yet.
Guess what emits blue light? Our monitors and phones. That’s why there are blue light filter applications (I use flux) which filter out blue light around sunset, so that you can still look at your screen without it influencing your circadian rhythm.
I turn mine on about two hours before bedtime if I’m still at the computer, and it helps me get to sleep a lot faster.
Working late at night is a struggle for those people who are busy all day long. I also struggled working late at night because I always feel sleepy whenever I am working at night. That makes my work productivity inefficient because it lessens my capability to do work. I also believe that working late at night make cause health problems that's why I would prefer to work at day.
I agree with this analysis. If you are a night owl it is really easy to get insomnia, when you want to sleep at normal hours. For the past year I have struggled with this. I have tried to set my body to sleep between 10pm-12am, and wake up by 7.00am. It has been struggle. The worst thing about sleeping late is that your body does not get enough rest and you are not productive and the next day you feel sluggish.
Have you tried taking naps in the afternoon? This does the trick for me, although I can't sleep more than 30 minutes or else I'll wake up feeling more tired than before. But napping sure is a big improvement on energy levels for the rest of the day.
It really depends on you as a person and trying to find a schedule that fits your lifesttle. I've been able to craft a business and personal life schedule that accounts for the fact that anything I do before 9am is going to be terrible and all the work I do at night is of a significantly higher quality. This has been true my entire life and no matter how I've restructured my life or learned new habits it has never benefited me to try to be a morning person.
That being said, I have struggled with not staying up too late, trying to get all my work done in one night. That's also an equal recipe for disaster. I think the important thing is to understand how much sleep your body needs (some people its only 5 hours while for others it could be 10) and creating a lifestyle that will let you be your healthiest while also maintaining a healthy and successful career.
I agree. Nobody fully knows your own body but only you. You're the only one who has the authority to change your sleeping habits. You may depend on your tasks o time scheduling but you have all the power to control your sleeping lifestlye.
It depends. But on the most part, it's not really that good to stay up at night. It's much better for us to stay naturally awake during the day. Because our circadian rhythm is set to that state of wakefulness. If we're constantly changing our sleep patterns, it will prove difficult for a lot of us.
I only really work at night out of absolute desperation if my day has been so hectic that I couldn’t get things done in normal waking hours. But gosh, I notice how grouchy and irritated I am after a few late nights! It’s not fun being around me when I’m sleep deprived!
Yes, working late at night has taken a toll on my health. I've gained a bit of weight, haven't been able to sleep more than 6 hours a day and might get cranky easily. Staying up at night changes your body and your mind. If you're thinking about starting to work at night, take some precautions first. Set an hour to sleep and under no circumstance break that rule, no matter how much work you have. If you do, your body cycle will start changing and it will be very difficult to revert it back to its normal state.
Some night jobs have a break room where employees can catch 45 minutes to an hour or sleep while working night-shift. This, of course is only the case with corporate companies, and not all but some of them.
You're right! However, I work as a freelance, which sometimes is positive and sometimes is negative. On the positive side, I make my own schedule. On the negative, I usually put too much pressure on myself to continue working, which results in bad health habits.
There is an article I read before that said one of the sacrifices we need to take to be successful is to compromise our health. I guess it depends on the individual. Like as for myself, I am more inclined to work at night because it is quieter and gets me to focus on performing my job well.
I don't think I agree with that article. For the first couple of months sure, one has to sacrifice some things to achieve others, but if you are spending all your energy in work, leaving you to become ill or have serious health issues in the future, then you're doing something wrong and that job is not good for you. It's all a balance, for instance, if you're better working at night because of silence (I prefer working at night too) try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a day, be it all at once and wake up late, or take several 20-minute naps during the day. Just think that if you start getting sick, it will be worse as you won't be able to work at all.
The article might refer to the word 'sacrifice' only for short-term. It even said that for one to make it to the top, at some point, you need to sacrifice family, maybe it's about the amount of time you spend with them. And thanks for the advice, so far I do get 8 hours of sleep every day, so I'm all good.
Ahh, now it makes a little bit more sense. Still, health is something one should never sacrifice, as it will catch up with you in the future. All the bad health habits take a toll on the body. So glad you get the necessary rest! That is the most important part of health, along with good eating habits.
Thanks. Now my circumstances have changed, and my employer demands that I should work on my daytime. Now, this would be hard for me as I'm more comfortable at night, we'll see.
The time of working depends on the metabolism of the person. We have the so called night owls who could produce better output when they work after midnight and there are the early birds like me who works better in the early morning. Of course there are the daytime workers who work well during the office hours. If you are not a night own and you will be working late at night then your health may suffer.
Since many online people are active in the communities where I am a member but they are in a different time zone, I once tried to switch my work hours so that I would be awake the same time that they were up and working. That meant I would be much later at night, It did not work out very well for me. My body totally rejected the time change.
I know what you mean. I live in South America, and one time I decided to switch my schedule to be up at the same time as my business partner, who lives in India. The results were catastrophic, and that entire week was a complete waste of time as I couldn't work at all, my body was completely confused, and generally speaking I was not able to achieve anything.
I can relate to what you mean, and I can easily tell that it has something to do with your sleep. If you work at night, you need to make sure that you sleep during the day. Close out your windows, turn on the AC and get the usual 8 hours.
In my lifetime, I only know 3 people who were really productive working during nighttime hours: my late sister, my husband, and one of my sons. Their biological clock is set backward. They can sleep through the day and can be up all night. I don't know how they can sleep during daylight hours. They don't even use earplugs to block out the sound. Even if you make your room dark, people are still outside making noise! You can't block the noise. Yet they manage to sleep through it all.
I think they must have learned to sleep through noise ever since they were little. It's the only explanation. I've tried to sleep so many times with noise around and I can't, it's too difficult.
Their body clock has already adjusted to the time and probably with the environment too. It might also do something with your way of thinking, knowing that you need to get some sleep no matter what it takes because you still have to work at night.
I experience working at night and day. We only had naps like 15 minutes long and back to work again. It was very stressful knowing that you worked for about almost one day since it was a rush project that should be done for two weeks.
I assumed it was very hard situation. Lacking of sleep may cause many bad effects in our body. We might feel less energy and have a short temper too. Sleeping 7-8 hours a day must always do.
Yes, that's true. Our boss already said that working in that kind of field will give you poor health as it requires long hours of work and no sleep. What I noticed about our bosses they became obese and addicted to coffee. They also smoke served as stress reliever and that's really bad to our health and will give us sickness.
That is really bad. And for some they are very addictive to cigarette because of the high stress of working on that kind of environment.
I've worked too late at night before and it was bad since I had a very low blood pressure. Working late at night can also weaken your immune system. I believe that it is still different to sleep at night than sleeping in the morning after working at night. Your sleep at night is more satisfying.
@superlicca I don't know. I think it's different for different people when it comes to working at night. I mean, people go out partying at night - indulging in all manner of debauchery like drugs, alcohol, etc. Not to mention never going to bed at a decent our. So wouldn't that take a toll on their health more than banging away at a keyboard until 3 AM?
I wonder if a lot of people's ability to work late at night has to do with age, too. I know that back in my 20's I could do an all-nighter party and still go to university in the morning. Oh, to be young. Now in my 30's if I don't get a solid sleep at night I'm like a walking zombie in the morning. It's not pretty! I guess maybe it does have something to do with it.
I think you have the point. I understand that there are people who love to party at night and that is something that they got used to doing. But of course, the effects of these activities on one's health cannot be felt right away. You might think that those people are still healthy but who knows that they can get a disease in the future. The health problems that old people are facing now are just the results of how they treated themselves in the past. If you are still young but you keep on abusing yourself then don't expect to be healthy when you get older.
That's true, everything adds up even if we don't see the impact of it immediately. It's part of why living a healthy and balanced life is so important. It really does have long term repercussions if you're constantly doing things that are negative for your health.
That's true. It's very easy for us to take advantage of our sleeping time. We need to realize that this is what informs the rest of our days. Getting good night's sleep gives you a better outlook in life. You perform better for the day ahead and you look good.
Because let's face it. A lot of us look haggard when we don't get the recommended 8 hours of continuous sleep.
I agree with you. Having enough sleep will make you look better. You will look so fresh. Sleeping does wonder to our skin. And those who don't have enough sleep will so tired and get eyebags,
Yes, I can relate with eye bags. It's not a good look. It makes you appear much older than you normally would. Plus, not enough sleep makes your skin dry. It can also cause acne and possible eye infections. Not a good start to your week.
Right! And not just eye bags but dark circles. Some people also get a lot of pimples due to lack of sleep. I think it is still better to take care of yourself before it is too late. I used to work in a graveyard shift and it was really hard. Whatever I did, I was not able to remove my dark circles on my eyes. You can just cover them with concealer but would not cure them.
Yes, that's bad. Graveyard shift usually makes us feel sick the longer we do it. It's not the the ideal time to work. Especially, if you're not getting enough sleep after working the whole night.
It's really hard to get rid of eye bags. Sometimes the only solution is to get used to it. And that's after using concealer.
I don't know, and I don't think so. I guess it has to do something with the norm. Like what if everybody is working at night and sleeps during the day? Will it make a difference?
It depends. Like how long have you been doing it? Stuff like that. We practically live in different time zones. So it's normal for some parts of the world to be asleep while others stay awake. The problem is when you go somewhere with a different time compared to your usual schedule.
It's called circadian rhythm. It's our bodies biological clock for when we should sleep and stay awake.
I see. I googled it and would like to thank you as I have learned something new today. All the best!
You're welcome. I learned it while reading something. I can't remember what. Maybe it was reader's digest. I'm just glad to share something useful.
I'm sure you can apply that knowledge since sleep is a universal concern. Don't forget to share it with others. It'll help them understand how their bodies work.
Sure, I'll share it with the others, but I have to make sure that we're talking about the topic first. Thanks again!
Probably not so long as they're getting paid...And using their daytime opportunities to recharge themselves.
Here in my country, people who do work at night get a night differential of 10%-20%. Meaning they get paid from working 21:00 - 6:00. But given a choice, I wonder what they would prefer - daytime or night time.
Yes, in my country I think it's something like 25% extra pay for working overnight compared to standard daytime rates. That goes up to 50% extra if your overnight shifts are on the weekends. There is a definite financial incentive to work overnight if you're capable of doing it, but it always just made me feel so tired.
Wow, 50% is a huge pay bump. However, there are now two factors involved: one is you get to work late at night, and two you work weekends. I guess it's okay if you utterly don't have a life.
I hope that's the case. But it's likely that they do get affected in the long run. Night shifts tend to be very hard on one's physical well-being. Getting enough sleep is the bare minimum.
Actually adjusting your body will take months or years. Changing it frequently is not recommended. It will most certainly disrupt your normal sleep cycle.
The thing is they don't have a choice, and it comes with the job. Most of BPO customers are from North America, so they need to coordinate with their daytime hours.
Yes indeed I am affected when I work late at night. I feel that I my output diminishes as I press on even if it is already late at night. I feel that my brains work super slow. As a result, I get dizzy the following day. I have read that in a recent study involving more than 54,000 adults, researchers found that people who sleep less than six hours per night (or more than nine) were significantly more likely to have heart disease or diabetes, have suffered a stroke, or be obese, even after researchers adjusted the results for other known risk factors.
It's honestly pretty incredible just what a lack of sleep can do - it has so many impacts on our health and well being overall.
I know when I worked night shift I'd often be so tired that I would snack on sugary treats or things like potato chips to keep me awake. Definitely unhealthy.
For me I am not anymore affected whenever I am working late at night because I was already used to it and besides I am already comfortable doing it since everyday I usually encountered such routine. It is very rare for now for me to sleep early since most of the time I am busy on my online jobs since I am motivated by the rewards that I am receiving everyday.
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It is definitely been affecting the health. And even more so the mental health. it is like you are constantly working and going on. And there does not seem to be any holiday. And no way for the things to properly work around. I also hope to work with the few things with the daily routine. And the food eating habits also change with working too late. So one needs to mind that he or she needs more sleep. That's how it can be useful in many ways.
Creating a daily routine is good for the body and mind. When I'm only holiday, I work late at night and wake up late after having enough sleep.However, this can only be achieved if you are a full he freelancer.If you have a day job you'll find yourself interrupting the routine to be at work.
Our body and mind needs to rest. We need to repel the lose energy. Remember, anything excessive will harm our health. We cannot be productivity if we are tired. Sleeping and eating healthy food will enhance our ability to do well. Others may like to work at night but it's best not to overwork one's self. We need to love ourselves.
I understand, and I do agree that one needs to love oneself. However, sometimes working at night comes with the job and an employee doesn't have a say regarding his/her schedule. If given a choice, I'm sure anyone would choose to work during the day instead of night time.
We all know that too much is not good in any aspects. We only has a one body so we need to take care of it, the one reason why we are working for. Our body, mind and soul need a rest in order to be productive for the next chapter. Working too late at night is not good in our health because you already beyond your limitation andbyou alredy know what is the result of that
Working late at night is not healthy. It alters our body clock and beside human's nature is to sleep at night not in daylight. Our body would have a difficulty in adjusting that kind of routine. Most people who works at night have different aura compared to those who sleep at daylight. They are easily prone to diseases it can due to some factors like smoking, too much caffeine and loss of vitamins and minerals.
If you work in shifts, it is harder to eat healthily or exercise regularly. Not only is it harder to get a salad at night, but it's also more likely that you want to eat something else to stay awake. This makes people feel tempted by snacks and takeaways. It may be more convenient to eat pizza or hamburgers, and these foods can make you feel better, but obviously eating them every night is not very healthy.
Also, you are more likely to crawl to the gym at the end of a workday than to do it at the end of a shift if you have been awake all night and the only thing you crave is sleep.
In some jobs, it is inevitable to work during the night. There are hospitals that must operate, airplanes to fly and stores to keep open, as we become a 24/7 society. With careful planning and a bit of peace during the day, it is possible to work all night and still sleep eight hours the next day.
Yes that is really true since we have different works which would only means that we can have also a different schedules. If we are working as a call center agent then we cannot really avoid to have a night shift schedule for some time, and waking up late at night to work is one of the tough situation that we should overcome if we are not yet used to it.
Exactly. Some people adapt really fast, others take a while, and some never really get used to it. I guess it's a matter of listening to your body: after a few weeks, if it hasn't adapted at all yet, then something is not right.