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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Okay. What exactly is so "lazy" about sleeping late?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26784points) January 21st, 2012

I’m really dying to know how not waking up at the crack of dawn makes a person lazy. Is it assumed that a person who sleeps late simply gets more sleep than people who wake up early?
I really have a hard time making a connection between laziness and the fact that some of us go to bed far later than others.
What about people who work the graveyard shift? I probably slept until 5 or 6 in the evening when I worked midnights… did that make me inherently more lazy than someone who goes to work at 9am?

Enlighten me. Please.

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marinelife's avatar

I don’t think it is. My husband does not get home from work until after 9 P.M. so we stay up sort of latish and sleep in because he does not have to be at work until 12 noon.

Blackberry's avatar

Um, it’s not lazy. It’s just something people say because they’re not capable of thinking past their own instantly misinformed opinions. “Everyone works during the day, therefore people that sleep in are lazy! Supreme logic!” Lol.

Then, assuming the person doesn’t have a job: “Looking for a job literally takes 24 hours! They should be up at 4AM!”

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Last night I stayed up to watch a movie on TV because it has NEVER been on DVD yet, and I didn’t sleep until 4ish. If anyone thinks I slept in late because I’m lazy, I will laugh at their face. It’s pure determination from a cheap bastard who doesn’t want to spend $20 on an old VHS with mysterious stains.
So no, I see nothing wrong with sleeping in late. Plus, some people have night jobs.

janbb's avatar

My mother used to shout “Wake up lazy bones” when I slept in. Bothered the hell out of me.

DaphneT's avatar

Well, it used to be that everyone worked the same start time, so anyone sleeping past that did so because they wanted to and it was presumed that meant they didn’t care about their fellow workers or themselves.

Nowadays my family finds that we have to work at acknowledging that there are radically different work schedules and that means different sleep schedules. My family has a hard time with my sister who sleeps during the day, because she’s a nurse. When do they think she is supposed to sleep? A sixteen year old niece recently demonstrated that she has her parents prejudices on the subject and I had to ask her when she thought her aunt was supposed to sleep if she was at work till 6am.

Jeruba's avatar

It’s just a stupid, banal remark that doesn’t deserve much attention.

People who make such brainless judgments probably still expect someone to staff the hospitals, police force, hotels, etc., at night.

digitalimpression's avatar

Obviously , the graveyard shift is a different story… as is someone’s bed-time habits. I wouldn’t take it so seriously…

If someone is lazy, they know they are. If not, they know they aren’t. What difference does someone’s comment make?

SpatzieLover's avatar

Nothing. Even the perception of late is not a true/false statement. It’s an opinion….and, you know what they say about opinions, right?

My husband is an early bird. I am a night owl. He’s accomplished all he can muster by about 7pm, I am an Energizer bunny…I can start laundry or clean at Midnight.

What time some one sleeps says nothing about their work ethic or their motivation.

Brian1946's avatar


Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to post more than my preceding words and the following simplistic platitude: it’s not a matter of when you get up, it’s what you do once you get up.

digitalimpression's avatar

The phrase “sleeping late” to me implies sleeping beyond the hour you would normally wake up. As I noted in another question (which, no doubt, led to this), sleeping late is a great idea in moderation.. but choosing to sleep “beyond the hour you would normally wake up” every single day is laziness to me.

It has nothing to do with the graveyard shift, or someone who got home from work at 10pm and wanted to sleep in the next day.

And if you don’t have a job and are looking for one.. perhaps a change of mentality should be forthcoming anyway. =)

Egads, I feel like I stepped on a wasp with this one. Suddenly, the sleep in police have confiscated my alarm clock and arrested me for 30000 + counts of “taking the initiative”.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

It’s not lazy at all. I enjoy sleeping in when I get the chance, and if someone were to seriously call me lazy for doing so, I’d probably slap the hell out of them.

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t think it’s lazy. I tend to get up reasonably early most days but because of habit. When I was younger though, I stayed up very late and got up late. I never used to nag my own kids about sleeping in on weekends (unless we had to be somewhere). Teens need more sleep.

My stepmother was of the view I was being lazy when I slept in as a teen though. We used to have a window cleaner back then and one day (I sleep naked and was about 16 at the time this happened) she came in and opened the freakin’ curtains while this old codger was cleaning my bedroom windows. I wish I had had the confidence to just hop out of bed, totally starkers, and start getting on with my day. Instead I just buried my head under the sheets and stayed there until he finished. Seemed to take him a very, very long time to do the windows that day.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Mysterious stains on VHS tapes lead to your staying up late. Huh, interesting. : )

Vampires must be the laziest monsters then! Oh crikey! Lol.

faye's avatar

I have always been a nightowl and quit apologizing years ago. When I think of all the days getting up at 6 am I just shake my head, amazed I could do it for so many years.

linguaphile's avatar

I work harder and more effectively from about 6pm until 4am. There was even a link on one of the Fluther questions some time back to an article that said night people were often more intelligent- true or not, I don’t know. I just know I like working at night.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf You lazy slug. You probably play on fluther all the time too.

Aethelwine's avatar

Some people just have more energy in the morning and they don’t understand those who have more energy at night and stay up later. There are also those who require less sleep than others.

I like to sleep in until 9 or 10am on the weekends, but we stay up until 1 or 2 am the night before. I’m one of those people who needs at least 7½ hours of sleep or I will feel exhausted the entire day if I get any less. There are times when I feel guilty for keeping those hours and I know I shouldn’t feel guilty, but I still do. :/ (my daughter just started cheerleadling and her practice starts at 8:30 am on Saturdays. Why can’t it be in the afternoon? I’m going to be bringing a gallon of coffee with me. ugh)

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

<————-Big Cats Gotta Sleep

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@digitalimpression yes, your comment did inspire this question. But, you aren’t the first to say it, so I wanted to ask. I have never understood the connection.
Personally, when left to my own devices, I will fall asleep around sunrise, and wake up in the early afternoon. When your average person finds out that I’ve slept until, say, 1pm, usually the reaction is “how lazy!”
But, I don’t understand that connection. It doesn’t make any sense. At best, I sleep 8 hours a night (day), and I probably accomplish just as much in the wee hours of the night as most people do during the day. Just not a connection that I understand, but it is a common stereotype.
If you mean sleeping in, later than your normal, I guess that’s different?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf 8 hours is what most people need however you get it is cool.

tinyfaery's avatar

Lazy is relative. If someone uses that term to somehow offend or belittle you, don’t let it
get to you. Us lazy people just don’t have the time to waste on judgments. We’re to busy being lazy.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t think of it as being lazy, I just have never liked sleeping in. I find the morning to be the best part of the day, I like experiencing every moment of it. In the winter though, I do find it a bit more difficult to get out of bed before it is light.

Berserker's avatar

Circumstances apply, as already noted. But even if they didn’t, sleeping is awesome. Fuck those who would judge thee by it.

Berserker's avatar

And anyways, fuck the crack of dawn. Dawn sucks and I don’t like it.

Keep_on_running's avatar

It’s pretty offensive to say you’re lazy, it’s as if a morning person is supposed to be more respected than a night owl. Your sleeping hours are just not acceptable! You may get the same number of hours of sleep as me, but they are wrong, wrong, wrong! Very annoying and ignorant.

Jeruba's avatar

And the folks who think that because they’re up, you ought to be up, can’t seem to see it from the other side. Many’s the time that I have been tempted to record someone’s early-morning megasounds—7:30 a.m leaf blowers, car radio blaring while they tinkered in the driveway, tree-dismantling chainsaws, and other instances of sleep-shattering racket—and then go play it back under their windows in the middle of their nights. It’s only because I’m such an extremely good person that I haven’t done it.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Jeruba That reminds me of a time when one of our neighbors decided it would be a great idea to mow his lawn at 7am on the 4th of July! It was the middle of the week and my husband was looking forward to the day off from work and being able to sleep in. It was so frustrating!

Paradox25's avatar

I think that I understand where the OP is going with this: you mean the positive mindset that seems attached to ‘waking up early’ and which seems synonymous to taking your vitamins, not drinking, not smoking and getting good grades in school. ?

I’ve always wondered about this myself, and I have brought this point up several times on here in the past. Being a person who usually works very unorthodox (but long) hours I find this mindset strange myself. I mean gee if I had just worked from 12pm to 12am you’re damn right I’m not going to be waking up at the crack of dawn. Even when I have off I still sleep late, since I’ve earned it.

I think there is a stigma attached to not being an early bird because of the comparison to the lazy bum who lives with their parents/so who doesn’t work and sleeps in late to only play video games or watch tv when they do wake up. I’m also guessing that in the past people had to get up early to work, hunt, fish in order to survive before the introduction of alternative working hours. People who wake up earlier than they need to are seen as hard working and on the ball, though personally I think about half of them are just busy bodies.

linguaphile's avatar

Maybe it’s one of the leftovers from Poor Richard’s Almanack?
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Back in 1780, that was probably very true then, but today?? I don’t think so- not since the advent of electrical lights.

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