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How Did I Become Nocturnal?

Updated on August 17, 2011

Somehow since joining hubpages I seem to have gradually become nocturnal. I can't explain exactly when this happened as it has been a gradual process. Over the last 2 years my bedtime has slowly become later and later, not least of which because once I get into writing a hubpage article I don't want to stop until I have completed it and clicked on the "publish now" button.

My Husband is in despair as night after night he sleeps more or less alone until I crawl into bed at ridiculous hours such as 06.00am in the morning. Some mornings I am getting into bed and the birds are beginning to sing outside and dawn is breaking.

Take tonight for instance, right now it is 03.44am in the morning, and I am writing this. Once I complete this I have an hour long programme recorded on Sky that I want to watch, plus I have to make my Hubby a nice tortilla wrap to take to work for his lunch in the morning. I suspect I won't reach the bedroom much before 06.00am if not later, yet I am not tired, and have no problem with staying awake and alert.

When I first joined Hubpages I would consider a late night to be if I stayed up until 02.00am, now this would seem like a very early night.

In the Summer I wasn't as bad because I was growing vegetables in my allotment so I had a good incentive to get out of bed and do things, but now the Winter is here and the weather is wet, windy and cold, not to mention the mornings are dark and the evenings are dark so I have no great desire to get out of bed.

It is starting to become quite weirdly surreal, as if I do wake up around 10.00am it feels like the middle of the night according to my time clock, so I immediately curl up and go back to sleep. In fact it has got so bad now that if I wake up and it is light outside I feel it is too early to get up, so I go back to sleep. When I eventually wake up properly it is usually when it is starting to get dark again, and by then the time is around 16.00pm.

The problem with keeping such odd hours of course, is that when it comes to a sensible "going to bedtime" I am wide awake as I have only been up for five or six hours, so what happens? Well, I end up starting a new hub article and staying up again to finish it.

The other problem I now experience is people keep phoning me at what they consider sensible times e.g. 14.00pm, which to me feels like you would if you were phoned at 02.00am. If I have a Doctor's appointment at 10.30am, I feel like this is an ungodly hour to have to be at the surgery for. If someone knocks at our front door I now tend to ignore it, after all, who do they think they are waking me up at 15.00pm in the afternoon, I mean really!!!!!

My family are now telling me this is going to make me ill, yet I take the attitude that as long as I get my 8 - 10 hours sleep it isn't a problem (surely!). Apparently they seem to think it isn't natural and that I should be going to bed at sensible times, but I argue that people who work night shifts seem to cope okay with no ill effects on their health.

It may be that I am turning into a vampire (although I haven't noticed any major cravings for blood or the desire to sleep in a rectangular box lately). It just seems the nights are the best times to write, most of my Hubber friends are on a different time zone that ties in with my unsocial hours and I have few distractions overnight from such things as telephones, visitors, people knocking at the door etc.

The question is what is the solution? How can I get myself back on to a sensible schedule? If I go to bed at a sensible time I lie awake looking at the ceiling, and when I finally do go to sleep it is already getting light and I won't wake up again until the same sort of time I would have if I had stayed awake in the first place. I am absolutely hopeless at getting up early, and it is no good my trying to get up and stay awake until a sensible bedtime, as I simply haven't got the energy to get out of bed at an "early" hour, (I think I might be in semi-hibernation). I definitely don't suffer from insomnia, as when I am ready for bed I am "out like a light", and it is the waking up part I struggle with. I am simply more comfortable being nocturnal right now, but I am not able to find an easy way to rectify this problem.

I agree it isn't natural for me to be awake all night and asleep all day, but it isn't as if I am missing out on my daily dose of sunshine, simply a daily dose of rain, wind and all in all pretty awful weather. Of course there is also the added advantage of not having to put up with too much of my Hubby's snoring if I don't go to bed until he is virtually due to get up for work!!

Of course I shall welcome my fellow Hubber's advice on this matter, but cannot guarantee I shall be able to follow it. Hubbing becomes addictive, and the unsocial hours are all a part of that addiction. I like to write when other people are online and not asleep themselves! The change back to normal hours in the Summer will be hard, but I will need to be awake then for the allotment, (still not quite sure how I am going to manage that without bursting into flames and disintegrating into dust once exposed to sunlight again).

Perhaps the process of reverting to being a normal human being will happen in the coming weeks. I am due to have an operation on my right elbow on December the 8th to remove some broken bone fragments from a fall I had last year. This will most likely leave me pretty stiff for at two weeks, and apparently up to 6 weeks, so I may not have any choice about hubbing as driving and typing could be difficult, (mind you, I shall be giving it a damn good try at least after week 2.... believe me!).


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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL J Sunhawk, I reckon you might be on to something there, but I don't fancy sleeping in our drafty window alcoves.

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      J Sunhawk 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      You're turning into a cat. If you start sleeping in the window, your transformation is complete.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi joshua, I am a little better at going to bed lately, but it isn't easy to simply "force yourself" as lying in bed awake and unable to sleep, is no more restful than hubbing is awake.

      Thanks for the advice though :)

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      joshua chin hong lim 

      10 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      hey better force yourself and say...what is the right thing to do? do not get addicted to hubpages or any blog.

      not good for health, relationship n my other responsibilies.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Sufi, funny you should say that, as I have often said the same about there being less distractions at night therefore it is easier to concentrate.

      Surgery recovery is a bit slower than I had hoped thanks, Sufi, the elbow still locks up and aches loads, so I may go back to see the specialist again and see if he has any suggestions.

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      10 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      It does seem to be a writer's thing - I think that a lot of it is to do with the fact that it is quiet and easy to concentrate.

      Of course, in my case, most of my clients are from the US, so I tend to work their hours. I have no problem with that - it is just like working nights and we adapted to it.

      Hope you have recovered from the surgery :)

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Marie, so delighted you get where I am coming from on this hub, (plus getting a few laughs along the way). No, I don't think we are going mad, too many of us all at once, it is more like mass hysteria LOL. My Hubby has even got to the stage he says he wished he had never bought me my my laptop because I never put it down, plus I never seem to be going to bed much before he is getting up for work.

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      Marie Ryan 

      10 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Misty...this was so funny, I laughed all the way through saying....'yes!'...'exactly!'...'I know!'

      Yes, I too am nocturnal and addicted to reading hubs (not managing to write many as I get distracted by reading interesting ones) term being coined either 'nocdicted' or 'additurnal'; I can't quite decide.

      And I am fascinated to see there are so many comments of empathy from fellow hubbers. From the comments, I'm even starting to think that it seems to be NORMAL for intelligent human beings to be engaging in nocturnal hubtivity!

      It's great to know so many of us are doing the same, as 5:30am sometimes seems an awfully lonely time!

      It's 12:30pm here in Spain now. I have to go to bed when I finish this comment 'cos I got up at 7:30 for a hospital appointment....But yes, you guessed it! I didn't get to bed (crashed out on the sofa) till 5:30am. 'cos I wanted to tweak up some of my first hubs. When I did eventually lie down, my head was still spinning thinking of next hub! I didn't sleep 'til 6:30am.

      Are we all going mad???

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Camlo, so glad I am not alone. It is now 03.43 here, and although I am off to sleep in a minute (for once), it is no doubt because I went to bed at 08.00am this morning, was awake again at 10.00am, couldn't get back to sleep, so got up at about 11.00am and have not been back to bed since. In other words, I have had 2 hours sleep in about 20+ hours, yet I only just began to feel tired !!!

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      Camlo De Ville 

      10 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      Hi Cindy!

      Last week I had a few days off and was going to bed at about ten in the morning. I spend a good deal of the night surfing the web, and reading Hubs, when I really shoud be writing them, or, better still, in bed.

      This is all very well, as long as I'm doing late shifts -- it's 4:30AM right now, but I only got home from work an hour ago, so that's excused.

      But if I suddenly have to do an early shift ... what then?

      If it's very early, I manage to get an hour's sleep, but I certainly don't look good.

      Or, if I have to look good, I stay up the whole of the previous day (after the sleepless night), go to bed exhausted at a sensible time, then wake up refreshed for work. Nevertheless, I end up staying awake the whole of the next night, because I really think I am nocturnal. I drove my mother mad as a child, because I wouldn't sleep for more than 4 hours -- and always hated going to bed.

      It drives my boss mad as well. She even threatened me with a written warning for not going on the phone all day (I was in bed), and then sending her text messages with weedy explanations at 5 in the morning ...

      I even worry about my nocturnal behaviour. Next week I have to be at work on Tuesday at 12:30PM, and don't know how I'm going to manage.

      I could identify with everything in this Hub. Had me laughing out loud.

      All the best, Camlo

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi wannabwestern, I could never give up on Hubpages no matter how little free time I had either. Fortunately in some respects by not having children of my own at least I have a bit more free time than many do. Thanks for the feedback.

      Hi H P, Nice to know it isn't just me and it is effecting many others also. Thanks for commenting and for joining my fan club :)

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      11 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I was fascinated by reading your article. Hub pages are addictive. But why is it so I could not give you the right answer. It is happening to too many, to me too. Thank you for sharing your feeling with us all.

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      11 years ago from Iowa

      I can relate to this. It is midnight here and I usually have to force myself to retire because THERE's ALWAYS another hub to write. But my three year old son usually wakes up between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. and I'm not as young as I used to be. Also my other child wakes up often at night. It can be grueling but I'd hate to give up HP. It means a lot to me too. Sometimes I only have an hour to write before the term ungodly hour becomes relevant. Well, goodnight!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jess, I totally agree, there is no going back now, I just need to adjust my hours somewhat!

      Hi Poetlorraine, Hubpages has taken over my life and I don't regret it, but I wish it had taken over my daylight hours and not my nightime ones!!!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Paradise, I just hope my Husband is as understanding.

      Hi Lorlie, I need to check my hubs as soon as I get up too, no matter what time it is.

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      11 years ago

      i think i know what is happening to you it happened to me. soon all you have left in life is hub pages, who needs anything else i ask you......

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      Jess Killmenow 

      11 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      HubPages is a dangerous addiction, make no mistake. After you've crossed over, there's no going back. The upside is, you're immortal!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      I think many-most?-of us at HP can relate to this amazing story of sleep deprivation and inspiration! I find myself waking now at about 4 a.m. for no reason other than to check my account and ponder simmering Hubs in my head.

      All the best, misty, all the best!

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      11 years ago from Upstate New York

      I understand completely. You know, whatever works for you is normal for you. If you aren't broke don't fix yourself, is my advice. If you are naturally content with this schedule and don't have any problems with it, well, why not? It certainly seems to be getting the job done.

      I've been a night worker and a student during the day, and have found night work is not bad. It DOES take a little time to wind down, so nights get very late and very long, and I found something both peaceful and glamorous about that, when I was younger. I used to like, especially, seeing the sun come up, on misty mornings.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL, thanks for the great comment Linda, sorry to hear you are having insomnia problems.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Hello Hello, Not sure I would take the Anti-Hub-Biotics if they existed as I enjoy being here too much :)

      Hi Suiiki, thanks for all the advice on returning my sleep schedule to a normal one. I think I shall have to try and find a compromise fairly soon by at least going to bed before 02.00am and following a lot of your tips to get me into a proper pattern. Right now when I wake up all the businesses etc I need to phone are closed for the day which can be a real nuisance on occasion :)

      Hi Elisabeth, I must admit I worked night shifts for a while myself, albeit many years ago, but not sure I would want to do it now if it was outside of my home environment. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for commenting.

      Hi Bob, LOL, no he isn't quite ready to do that just yet :)

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Anna Marie, I do everything in my power to avoid any signs of consciousness before 09.00am, and God help the person who tries phoning me at that time. My entire family keep telling me I need to have a normal sleep schedule, and my response is "Why?", although I can see it has advantages when it comes to actually seeing the light of day or being able to go to the shops when they are actually open LOL.

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      11 years ago

      Old man retained council yet? Bob

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      11 years ago from Just East of Oz

      I understand completely, I had some time unemployed and turned nocturnal as well, so when it came time for me to get a new job, I actually started working the night shift!

      great hub, misty..

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      11 years ago from City of the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead

      Some people are just naturally nocturnal, and yes, it does sometimes show up in adulthood (When you don't have to be up at ungodly hours for school, etc.)

      All through our lives, our sleep schedules are adjusting themselves. For most people, light cycles through the day regulate this. When the sun goes down, the brain is triggered into thinking "It's almost time for bed" and the person begins to feel tired.

      For some people, light has nothing to do with it, or perhaps, light causes them to think it is night time. If you are using the computer at night, the light from the screen can be enough to make you stay awake.

      If you ever do want to try to get back onto a 'normal' schedule there are some things you can try to do(Although being on a night time schedule won't make you ill any more than it would if you were working nights. As a former ngithshift worker who is now married to a nightshift worker, I can tell you this from experience.)

      Try getting up at your usual time, and then try to stay up until the time you would normally be getting up the next day. It may take you a few days, or even a couple of weeks, to be able to do this, and caffiene/herbal supplements to keep you alert will be your best friends during this time.

      Another thing to try is, when you have an appoitment in the early morning, try to stay up after until the time you would normally be getting up. Then start gradually pushing back your bed time.

      I messed up my own sleep schedule this month, since I was participating in National Novel Writing Month (I'll be making a hub about that later) and right now I'm trying to do two things: 1. get back to a sleep schedule that allows me to be up when Amy is up 2. Recover from the times I stayed up for 24 hours or more trying to write. I've been sort of sleeping when my body triggers me to sleep, and right now I am pushing back the times I I slept from about 10PM until 3AM and I will probably be going back to bed soon, so that I will be able to get up around 3PM with Amy (It's 5AM here)

      It's all a matter of retraining your body to take different "bedtime cues"

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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      Hubpages are very addictive there is no daubt about it. There is so much interesting stuff on it. I learned so much since I joined Hubpages. I wrote a hub about it and asking for anyone who would know where to get anti-Hub-biotics but so far I had any results ha ha ha

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      11 years ago from Florida

      I know how you feel!! As I was reading this, I got to the line where you said that it was 3:44 am as you were writing, and it was 3:44am here, as I was reading. I, too, have become nocturnal. Less because of Hubpages, bu more because I work second shift. My boyfriend still seems to think that I should have a normal sleep schedule (normal by his standards means I would be up before 9am) LOL! Not gonna happen!


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