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Have you been partying all night? Are you working in a call center with a night shift schedule? You may have probably heard your parents and family telling you that you shouldn’t stay up late too often. It’s ok to stay up late for those few night out when you want to go out with your friends or when you simply want to relax at home until late. But what about those who need to stay awake because of working requirements? With a lack of sleep, you can feel like a zombie and start to look like a creature from the living dead. No matter how many hours you attempt to sleep during the day, still, it’s nothing like sleeping at night. Many people are starting to develop sleeping problems nowadays and it’s a trend that is making us all more sleepy and less productive.
There are cases though where people sleep during the day instead of at night and it’s not a work related issue. They just feel better working in the evening and feel lethargic and sluggish during the day. These people are called ‘night owls’. Feeling more efficient and energetic at night, they feel livelier and alert starting from the late afternoon to into the early morning. They then feel lethargic once it is already day time.
This can be attributed to a lot of factors like stress, depression, anxiety and at times to a sleeping disorder. The most common of all sleeping disorders is insomnia, where one has great difficulty sleeping at night and sometimes during the day too. There is another sleeping disorder which was discovered in 1981 called Delayed Sleeping Phase Disorder (DSPD). Often mistaken for primary insomnia, people who suffer from this disorder generally fall asleep some hours after midnight, have difficulty waking up in the morning, and have the ability to sleep during the day and sometimes even in the afternoon. This is a chronic disorder and symptoms need to be observed for almost a month before a person can be diagnosed as having it. Sometimes it is even mistakenly be attributed to psychiatric condition. This problem, however, can still be treated. Only if it is left untreated can it be considered a disability. With proper and careful observance of daily sleep practices, this problem can be managed. Some alternative ways of treating this sleep disorder includes light therapy and medication.
Those with Delayed Sleeping Phase Disorder most often avoid working during normal business hours. They just can’t help but fall asleep during this time. Normally, they sleep less at night during their work week and will just try to compensate lack of sleep in the afternoon and sometimes by sleeping on weekends. Sometimes this helps but at times this can also encourage the continuance of this disorder. Patients that are being treated with sedatives claim that they can only relax after taking the sedatives, however the sedatives fail to make them fall asleep.
So after establishing the reasons why people have different sleeping patterns, the question is, “Is it better to sleep at night or during the day?”
While we sleep, our body undergoes a lot of activities. Sleep has an effect on almost all of our body functions, psychological, emotional, and physical wellness. It’s the time for our body to regenerate its cells and to recuperate from yesterday’s activities. The body also undergoes detoxification and repairs itself. It doesn’t really matter whether you sleep during the day or at night. What actually matters is how you sleep. Having “a good night’s sleep” is what is socially acceptable in society. However as things and lifestyles have changed, people’s working habits have also changed.
As long as you are able to simulate how you should be sleeping at night, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of sleeping even if you do it during the day. Here are some ways to do that. You can darken your room, include white noise like the sound of an electric fan to induce sleep, and you can make sure that nobody disrupts or disturbs you. It’s all a matter of planning and executing diligently how and when you get a “good night’s sleep” that will benefit you the most.