Like, let’s say you’re not doing anything the next day and you’ve finished your responsibilities for that day, so you decide to just stay up late, chill out, maybe watch a movie and read a book until you get tired, just for the heck of it.
Is this sinful, due to the potential damage to your health? Or would you say no, assuming you had plenty of time to sleep in and this was only an occasional practice?
As you say, you have plenty of time to sleep, you have finished your work, and you don’t make a habit of doing this. So there is no reason why this should be sinful or injurious to your health. On the contrary, NOT relaxing for a change may be harmful to your health even if not necessarily sinful.
Seriously, folks? It is scientifically proven that staying up late may lead to a lack of energy and a bad mood the next day, the *whole *day, not just in the morning.
No matter what age you are, you *must *get enough sleep to survive! There are exceptions if you have a night shift or if you already took enough naps during the day, but generally speaking, we must take good care of our physical temples. Christmas partying is *not *a good excuse for damaging yourselves.
I’m deeply surprised that many adults here approve of this. :dts:
Much of the things we do in life is a question of degree. (The Golden Mean is good to keep in mind.)
There is a difference between staying up till midnight and staying up till 3 or 4 am. etc. so it depends on numerous things. Some people can tolerate 4 hours of sleep per night ongoing while others absolutely need 9-10 every day. It depends on a lot of different things.
:ehh: Staying up late does not necessarily mean one doesn’t get enough sleep. In fact, the OP even said this:
Or would you say no, assuming you had plenty of time to sleep in and this was only an occasional practice?
Before I had children, I could work, plan meals, embroider, pray, read, etc. until early morning hours and sleep late – and wow, was I productive. Far more so than at any other time of day. This isn’t unique to me: at least 20 members of my father’s family function the same way. No one has suggested that one ignore the body’s needs or abuse oneself by staying up late. There are multiple chronotypes that are natural.
As for Christmas, as a child, my family would attend midnight Mass together and have a meal afterward. It was at least 2am before I was tucked in bed and it was often later. People laughed, told stories of past Christmases, ate, played games, drank homemade wine… These are some of the best memories I have. And I’m so thankful my parents didn’t put me to bed because they thought this was somehow tampering with my health.
How could you possibly think that could be sinful? If you use your thought process then leaving your house could be dangerous and potentially damaging to your health. You might slip on the sidewalk, you might get mugged, a car might hit you etc etc.
Please talk to your priest as it sounds like you might have a problem with scrupulosity.
If done in a certain context and for certain reasons, then staying up late at night can indeed be sinful. There’s that bible verse which urges us to take care of our physical temples, otherwise God will destroy us, and so I’m not sure how Christmas partying is an excuse for denying your body its rest.
Partying late at night may not be normally sinful, but then again, it shouldn’t be normally encouraged either.
Prior to the two quoted posts below, I didn’t realize that there are some persons who can survive on just 4 hours a night.