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Just a PSA because I realize not everyone knows this.

Some adolescents are able to stay up all night frequently. To party, or perhaps to do (home) work or art.

I don't know why, but as you grow older, you will lose this ability. This is normal as far as I know.

However, don't work all-nighters into your schedules, don't beat yourself up when you discover you can't pull the same shit you did as a student, and don't make it a habit. Take care of yourself.

This is mostly in the context of art types who pull allnighters as students and then feel bad about not being able to do it when they get older, and feel bad if they're not working as hard as some younger colleagues.

This is really just something you can only do in a very short part of your life. It will break down and break you down if you keep trying to do that outside of it.

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@Wolthera Can confirm. I'm still a pretty young 32 and holy crap, I need a bed time. I'm in such bad shape if I don't take care of myself, even for just one night.

This is nothing to be ashamed of. It's healthy and normal and how your body works as you get older. Once I got over the horror of "I'm going to bed at 10:00" it actually became an enjoyable routine, and it pays dividends the next day too.

You'll be more creative if you listen to your body. Your body is smart and knows what you need to do what you want!

@Wolthera Thank you for reminding me of this. I was able to do this until a couple of years ago. I can still occasionally do it, but it tends to wreck me for the next couple of days.

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#Art types maybe? For me working for months straight without a rest day and doing all-nighters is nothing out of the ordinary but then again I never had a 9 to 5 job and I'd fucking die of boredom if I ever had to work in one of those.

@0 Then you're pretty special. Most people cannot do this. There's assholes out there who use people with your ability to call most people lazy. I don't want people to feel that way, because it's rare. :/

@Wolthera
I don't think it depends so much on the person as on what you do + how + especially your formative experiences.

Not that I advocate working quantity over quality, mind. Sometimes it needs to be done but it shouldn't be the rule.

Plus, I enjoy what I do (most of the time anyway, and not necessarily *while* I'm doing it) 😛

@Wolthera :) I did this too, but now I have accepted the fact that I am growing old :) which then again brings sad thought that there is not much time left

@Wolthera@mastodon.art I've never been able to do this, and I've been a bit sad about it 🙁

@Wolthera Teenagers typically have a different circadian rhythm from adults, this has been proven. The theory as for why, speculates that having members of a community be awake at different times throughout the night is an evolutionary advantage. Bonus fact: early birds and late sleepers actually have distinct brain wirings, as well! So don't shame people over what time they tend to wake up

@jamesbeanmachine Yeah, I figured it was something like that. Mainly, a thing I see is kids who get out of college and then keep the same schedule they had as students, not realizing that just because they had their puberty their bodies aren't still growing and changing.

And I see this kind of stuff getting taken advantage of by 'managers' who try to convince them they're being lazy if they can't keep up as they did as students.

(all-nighter is 24 hours without sleep for me)

@Wolthera Can confirm. The last all-nighter I pulled I was pushing 40 doing homework. Suffice it to say, I have zero interest in *ever* doing that again.

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