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Subject: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: SeaCaptainMan97 on 08/27/18 at 7:42 pm

I asked this on Personality Cafe, and got a lot of good responses, so I thought I'd ask it here, since we enjoy discussions about time on this site.

To you, is the hour of 4 am (4:00-4:59) "late" or "early", like do you associate it more as a "night owl hour", or an "early bird hour"?
Most people I know, myself included, immediately associate 3 am as "late", and 5 am as "early", but 4 am is more stuck in limbo, in fact the results I got on Personality Cafe were mixed, as I type this, the "late" and "early" votes from that thread are tied at 26 each.
As for me, I consider it evenly split; 4:00-4:29 is "late", while 4:30-4:59 is "early", makes sense since 4:30 am is when Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts open, and when a few morning news stations air.

What's your viewpoint regarding this? Do you consider 4 am to be early, late, or half & half, and why?

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 08/27/18 at 8:10 pm

It depends on the context. If you're coming home from partying all night at a nightclub or concert, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Late. However, if one went to sleep early at say 7PM to get up for a very early shift at work, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Early. So its a mixture of both. 3AM is SOLIDLY in the Late category as most people don't get up prior to 4 if they're trying to go to work or any other excursions. 5 is SOLIDLY in the early category because even the partiest of party animals are usually in their bed no latter than 5, and thus may wake up between the hours of 8AM & 12PM.

I'm not sure If I'm making much sense haha ;D.

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Wobo on 08/27/18 at 8:25 pm

Half late and half early,

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: annimal on 08/27/18 at 8:37 pm

still hot

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Rainbowz on 08/27/18 at 8:56 pm


still hot

like me ;)

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: gibbo on 08/28/18 at 12:46 am


It depends on the context. If you're coming home from partying all night at a nightclub or concert, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Late. However, if one went to sleep early at say 7PM to get up for a very early shift at work, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Early. So its a mixture of both. 3AM is SOLIDLY in the Late category as most people don't get up prior to 4 if they're trying to go to work or any other excursions. 5 is SOLIDLY in the early category because even the partiest of party animals are usually in their bed no latter than 5, and thus may wake up between the hours of 8AM & 12PM.

I'm not sure If I'm making much sense haha ;D.


Yes ... the context is based upon when you went to bed (to sleep).  ::)

Subject: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Dude111 on 08/28/18 at 4:26 am

It depends on the context. If you're coming home from partying all night at a nightclub or concert, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Late. However, if one went to sleep early at say 7PM to get up for a very early shift at work, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Early.

Indeed..... No way to say either or!!

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Howard on 08/28/18 at 7:35 am

4am to me would be considered early, cause that's what time I get up sometimes when I have a morning shift.

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: SeaCaptainMan97 on 08/28/18 at 8:25 am


It depends on the context. If you're coming home from partying all night at a nightclub or concert, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Late. However, if one went to sleep early at say 7PM to get up for a very early shift at work, than I'd consider 4AM VERY Early. So its a mixture of both. 3AM is SOLIDLY in the Late category as most people don't get up prior to 4 if they're trying to go to work or any other excursions. 5 is SOLIDLY in the early category because even the partiest of party animals are usually in their bed no latter than 5, and thus may wake up between the hours of 8AM & 12PM.

I'm not sure If I'm making much sense haha ;D.


I agree.
One person on PerC stated "to me, it's an awful time to be awake either way", and I think that's a perfect way of putting it. You'd have to miss out on either the morning or late evening if you wanted to be up at 4 am while getting the standard 8 hours of sleep in, since 8 hours after 4 am is noon, and 8 hours before is 8 pm.
If I had it my way, I'd sleep midnight to 8 am, and work a 10:30-6:30 shift. That gives me both the morning and evening to take up recreation.

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: 2001 on 08/28/18 at 9:14 am

I wake up at 4:30AM on a normal day. I consider it early morning.

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Howard on 08/28/18 at 3:08 pm

I get about between 7-8 hours of sleep and I go to sleep when My Father goes to sleep and I wake up during a morning shift after 3 cause I have to get out the house at around 530am so I try to take a quick shower and have a quick breakfast and during my days off I get up at around 5am so I can sleep in a few hours but I'm a morning person anyway.

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: ofkx on 08/28/18 at 6:29 pm

Falling asleep at 4 am is late, but waking up at 4 am is early. 

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: Dundee on 08/31/18 at 9:41 am

Yeah it all depends if you still have to sleep or just woke up ;D

Subject: Re: 4 am = late or early?

Written By: annimal on 08/31/18 at 12:21 pm

mediceneish time for my 12 hour medicenes

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