1. Because I don’t like to.
In fact, I like to stay up late and get up late. I’d actually like to be up and at ’em early in the morning and enjoy a full day starting with the solitude of the morning. I can get up but I’m certainly not at ’em. My peak brain time is 4pm to 10pm. Fact.
2. Because my child doesn’t go to bed early.
Yeah, yeah. It’s my fault. Partially. Evan doesn’t go to bed early because I don’t put him to bed early. He wakes up fairly late, doesn’t take naps, and honestly doesn’t get tired until at least 9pm. Even if I try to put him to bed, he lays awake and makes me stay with him. So why do I stay up late? Because when I do finally get him to go to sleep, I want some ME time.
3. Because my husband turns on interesting movies and shows right before I’m going to sleep.
He randomly picks an indie film on Netflix at about 11:30pm (on a good night). I have no clue what it’s about and have never heard of anybody in it. Yet it sucks me right in. He also keeps me up late with recorded episodes of Top Gear.
4. Because late night is my creative peak.
I can have all the time in the world during the day and I’ll never ben as productive during 5 daylight hours as I will be during 1 nighttime hour. It goes back to being a late night person.
5. Because I have to close up the house.
I don’t have a manor that requires that I check all outbuildings and carriage houses before retiring to my chambers. But I do have to let the dog out for her final pee of the night, get her treats, and take her upstairs to her crate. I also get stuff ready for the next day, set the alarm, take my medicine. I can never just lay in bed and collapse. Wish I could.
6. Because the internet is a rabbit hole.
Usually it starts with Twitter. Tonight it didn’t. I read an email from @ShePosts about @MissBritt and her upcoming RV trip. I had recently met and talked to Miss Britt about her amazing excursion so I was drawn in when I saw they had reposted her video tour of her RV. I watched it. All 8 minutes of it. Then I clicked over to her YouTube channel and watched a video of her flat ironing her hair. I almost got sucked into some related videos but I stopped myself.
7. Because I’m a procrastinator.
I post on my blogs pretty frequently. I generally post 4 to 5 times per week here. I have a once a week gig at @AndNobodyToldMe and write twice a week at @SocialDialect. Sound like a lot of writing? It is. And if you think I’m all super organized with editorial calendars, I’m not. I wing it. I write most posts the night before. And I never proofread (I should).
8. Because all the interesting people are on Twitter late at night.
There are cool people all day long, of course. But late night has a different vibe. Some people are drinking. Some are feeling down. Some are just looking for entertainment. Or simply they’re in another time zone. Recently I had a lovely and uplifting late night chat with @MarcyMassura, @Stellaaa, and @MrsFreestyle. They are all awesome.
9. Because bedtime is my time to play useless iPhone games.
Yes, I have stayed up until almost 3am playing Angry Birds. We all go through those obsessions, right? Right? But for me, I play some fun little words games. Lately my new thing is making sushi. I found a free app that had my son hovering over the phone. I finally got him the game too.
10. Because going to sleep is for sissies.
When I go to sleep, I’m giving up for the day. I’m done. It all starts all over again. Yes, I love to sleep. But I also love what I’m doing and there’s always something else I could work on. Sometimes I have to tell myself NO but usually it’s so I can have time to play my iPhone games. As my Irish MIL might say: You can sleep when you’re dead.
And there you have it. My late night list of why I can’t ever go to bed early. It’s almost 1am. I think I’ll publish it just to prove my point.