What time do you usually go to bed? What are you thinking about before falling to sleep?For me it’s around 1 a.m.. Many research shows that people are intend to sleep later and later, which is an interesting global trends. One post on Yahoo Japan, it shows that on a worldwide average, the percentage of people who still keep awake at 12 a.m. are 37%. 34% of them are Americans, 32% europeans, and 40% people are from the Asian-Pacific region. Most of the night owls are in the 20’s , while in the Asia-Pacific Ocean region the night owls are in the 30’s. Furthermore, an article on Yidu also tells that there’s no country whose people average sleeping time is before 12 a.m..
How ever, why does this trend happen? The reason which leads to this trend might be the development of 24-hour service and entertainment , the Internet expanding is likely to promote this trend as well. As night comes, the restaurants and bars are still busy. Some people work overtime in the office, some people watch TV, listen to music or chat with friends. For most of them, the night time is their leisure time which is very scarce, especially for the office workers. People have too much work to do during the day and seldom have their own time to do what they want.
Therefore, as this trend going, the midnight might be another active time in the future. One of the article on Creative Something even pointed out that people will be more creative at night. Also, sometimes people will be sensitive and perceptual at midnight. It seems the ‘midnight time’ is a quite valuable and interesting to be researched.
Now there are some special service for midnight already. A Japanese series called Midnight Diner gives a great example to the midnight service. The protagonist is a chef who has a diner which opens just from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. everyday. He can make any food according to costumers’ needs. The costumers talk about their troubles and life experience, and comfort and encourage even they don’t know each other. This kind of service is easy and effective to reduce people’s pressure and get relaxed. Articles from The Guardian and HealDove both shows that it’s easier to tell our secrets to strangers. The famous paper “strength of weak ties” talked about this issue,too.
So as a summary, I think the midnight time would be an interesting and valuable direction to look further. People staying up late at night will be an inevitable trend. The midnight time would be a quite active period during the 24h. How could we evaluate this time is worth to think about. I’ll try to find more relative information, data and research to see what can we do next : )