Sleeping: Is it the same if you sleep during day or night?

sleepHave you been partying all night? Are you working in a contact center with a night shift schedule? You may have probably heard your parents and family telling you that you shouldn’t stay up too often. It is ok for those few night outs but what about those who need to stay awake because of working requirements? With lack of sleep, one can feel like a zombie, 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. Well perhaps that is how the general population may feel.

There are cases though that people sleep during the day instead of at night and it is not a work related issue. Either they feel better working in the evening and feel lethargic and sluggish during the day. This can be attributed to a lot of factors like stress, depression, anxiety and at times to sleeping disorder. The most common of all sleeping disorder is insomnia wherein one has great difficulty sleeping at night and sometimes during the day too. There is another sleeping disorder which was discovered in 1981. This is called DSPD or Delayed Sleeping Phase Disorder. Often mistaken to be primary insomnia, people who suffer from this disorder 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 this. Sometimes this is even mistakenly attributed to psychiatric condition. This can still be actually treated. Only if it is left untreated that it can be considered a disability. With proper and careful observance of daily sleep practices, this can be managed. Some alternative way 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 but the sedatives fail to make them sleep. They are actually called ‘night owls’. Feeling more efficient and energetic at night, they feel livelier and alert starting from late afternoon to early morning. They then feel lethargic once it is already day time. They feel as if they have jet lag if they force themselves to sleep during the day.

So after establishing the reasons why people have different sleeping patterns, the question is ‘is it better to sleep at night or is sleeping at daytime an alternative?’ 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 is the time to regenerate cells, to recuperate from yesterday’s activities; the body undergoes detoxification and repair. It does not really matter at all whether you sleep during the day or during night time. What actually matters is how you sleep. Having a good ‘night’s sleep’ is what was socially acceptable to society. However as things and lifestyle have evolved, so as the discovery of some sleeping disorders happened, the working habits have also changed and same as lifestyle demands have increased.

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. There are ways to do that. You can darken your room, you can include white noise like the sound of an electric fan to induce sleep, and you can make sure that nobody disrupts or disturbs you while you sleep. It’s all a matter of planning and executing diligently how and when you are getting a “good night’s sleep” that will benefit you the most.