Sunday, March 27, 2005
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Right profession, wrong stage of life
Warren St. John and Alex Williams have a good article in the New York Times Style section about sleep patterns and the character taits that are often incorrectly derived from them. Among the interesting facts:
The sleep schedule is certainly one reason why I gravitated towards academia (and blogging, I suppose -- it's a partially nocturnal event). That said, one of the first internal indications I had that I wanted to marry Erika was that I shifted my grad student work habits from a 7PM-2 AM cycle to a 9-5 schedule without complaint.
Unfortunately, the article fails to address the biggest challenge to late-sleepers. It's not the job, it's the children. Any hope of sleeping in for the next decade is pretty much shot to hell.
The advantages for the children are overwhelming, of course -- but that doesn't mean I don't miss the halcyon andbygone era of getting up past ten o'clock in the AM.posted by Dan on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM
Yes - one of my favorite colleagues is undergoing MAJOR first child stress. She's an 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. person by preference.posted by: Michael Tinkler on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM [permalink]
I'm a French student. I used to be a 9 a.m. - 3 a.m. person, now that I've moved to Edinburgh I'm more 11 a.m. - 5 a.m. I'll be forced to move back to a 7 a.m. - 1 a.m. in a few months, I wonder how I'm going to achieve this.posted by: François on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM [permalink]
Children as such aren't really such an issue. Most will gladly adopt an 11 am - 1 am awake schedule.
The problem with children is the same as for adults on non-traditional sleep schedules: outside insitutions are on 9-5, 8-4, or even worse, 7-3 schedule.posted by: Ray on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM [permalink]
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.posted by: B. Franklin on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM [permalink]
Don't bother lusting after the dream of sleeping late once the kids turn into teen-agers and sleep late themselves. By that time, you'll be so used to getting up early, you won't be able to sleep late anymore.
And then you turn into your own parents and roust your kids out of bed by 11 a.m. at the latest because you don't want them to waste their whole days. Or, maybe, you're just jealous they can sleep.posted by: anne on 03.27.05 at 11:52 AM [permalink]
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