What’s Wrong with Sleeping ’till Noon?

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

The Stranger’s blog slog has been featuring Obama voters talking about how early they get up to work, etc as a response to the GOP asserting that Obama voters are all lazy and sleep until noon.

Slog has pretty thoroughly illustrated that this is not an accurate characterization of Obama voters.

I want to ask why is sleeping til noon the way to personify laziness?

My husband and I both work nights. He works until one AM and I work until midnight to two AM. After getting off, eating dinner, doing stuff around the house, etc we commonly aren’t in bed until 5 or 6 am. So yeah, we sleep until noon a lot. That doesn’t make us lazy; it makes us shift workers.

Millions of Americans work nights and sleep well past noon. Those people are both Obama and Romney voters. They work in the service industry, chemical plants, public service jobs, medical jobs, as emergency workers, etc.

I volunteered on a crisis hotline and one of the few paid positions there was for overnight staff working 11 pm to 7 am. I am sure most of them slept until noon the night after they worked. Were they lazy answering calls from suicidal individuals at 3 or 4 am?

Working nights isn’t somehow less valid then working days. If someone is self-employed and they chose to get up at noon and work late into the night that doesn’t make them lazy. The implication of virtue based on sleep schedule is ridiculous.