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What do you do when you've switched night and day and your roommates don't agree with your choice?

Asked by talljasperman (21866points) August 8th, 2010

I’ve switched night and day… I sleep 6am – 4pm and eat then I sleep from 7–8 pm and then watch t.v. and fluther until 6 am.

I’ve learned this from the peace it gives me and faster internet connection and better shows on t.v…also I used to work graveyard shifts for years.

but I disturb my roommate and usually have to stay in my room until they are gone to work… but even I have to eat and pee, waking my roommate.

getting another roommate is not an option… and I love t.v. and looking at stars at night.

Do you have any advice…? I tried switching back to daytime hours but it was a burden that I couldn’t keep up for long.

Yes I know I don’t have a job…and that My “Roommate” is my mom…I’m stuck where I am for now

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Some people are naturally night owls.
Our internal clocks tell us to be more active at night. Some studies have shown that it is likely we have evolved this way from a time when certain people were required to be up at night to keep watch for their clan. People that describe themselves as night owls actually show an increase in brain activity once the sun has gone down, so you aren’t imagining it. It isn’t a “bad habit” necessarily, like many people would have you believe. For some of us, it is just natural.

That being said, what are you doing that you’re waking your room mate up so easily? S/he must be a light sleeper to wake up just because you’ve gone to the bathroom. Maybe you just shouldn’t flush the toilet. And keep the volume on the TV down, doors shut, etc.

talljasperman's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie yes my “Roommate” is a light sleeper… maybe I should put a fridge and computer(with internet) in my room…since its already an office, library and bedroom all in one…but not flushing I will do… but sometimes I really need a bath and microwaved food. right now I gave the bedroom to my “Roommate” so she can sleep… and I wake her up at 5:30am to get ready for work….I’m in the living room seeing there is only one bedroom.

jerv's avatar

My wife and I had the same issue when our roommate worked 11PM-7AM, and my wife often had this issue when I worked swing shift. I myself had this issue when I was night shift in the Navy and the lights were on in the berthing during the day.

There really isn’t much that can be done since at least one of you will always be unhappy.

I will say that having a laptop with wifi helps a bit. When I was swing shift and all we had was a desktop, it was in another room that was far removed from our master bedroom. As I type, I am on the front porch while my wife is far away with two doors and a few walls between us.

talljasperman's avatar

@jerv The digital cable’s in the living room too… but I have regular cable in the bedroom…maybe I should pay the $12 a month for cable in the bedroom

jerv's avatar

I haven’t had TV in a few years since I got broadband and can find more interesting stuff online. Just remember to use headphones or earbuds; a 2.1 or 5.1 speaker system with a decent subwoofer is not a good thing when others are trying to sleep :D

Frenchfry's avatar

Well when you get up at 4pm. Take a bath then and have dinner with your mom. That way you can just have handy snacks and quick meals. A refrigerator and microwave maybe a good idea for you room. You know when I worked third shift I bought ear plugs so I could not here all the commotion going on . Buy your mom some plugs. Worth a try?

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