What’s The Best Way To Handle Your Parents Not Respecting Your Sleep Schedule?


As someone who works non-traditional hours, I can vouch for the fact that getting other people to understand when and why you’re available can be tough. Folks from an older generation, particularly, struggle to comprehend a schedule that’s not 9-5, Monday through Friday.

This young person has a full-time job – it just happens to be a night shift. They arrive home at 7:30 in the morning and return to work before midnight. That means they typically go to bed around 8am and sleep until 3.

I’m 24f, living with my parents and I work night shifts. I get home around 7:30am and will sleep until around 3.

They’ve had to go to ridiculous lengths to get their parents to respect their necessary slumber, from asking, to locking the door, to earbuds to block out loud music.


My parents would come into my bedroom and wake me up at 11am so I could still have time to “enjoy my day”. I started using the lock on my door and it stopped.

Then they began playing loud music to wake me up but I started using ear buds to block out the noise.

They’d call me to wake me up so I put my phone on do not disturb.

They want her to be awake to spend time with the family, and their latest tactic was to pick the lock on the door and send in what sounds like a much-younger sibling to use guilt tactics.

They want me to be awake so I can spend time with family. I get it, but I’m available to spend time with them in the afternoon. I don’t see why it has to be midday?

This morning they picked the lock and sent my brother in to wake me up, saying that he misses me.

She took the kid back downstairs and told her parents she needed more sleep, losing her cool when her dad criticized her sleep habits.

 I took him back downstairs and handed him to dad saying that I still need more sleep. Dad started raising his voice about how I’m barely even a part of the family anymore.

I began yelling that I need my sleep so I can function during my shifts and that it’s not like I’m unemployed and staying up all night just so I can sleep all day.

He couldn’t believe that I yelled back but I didn’t stick around and went back to sleep (this time moving my dresser in front of the door)

Neither of my parents are talking to me at the moment.

She’s wondering whether or not she was wrong to flip out, and Reddit is ready to render judgment below!

It might be petty, but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

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It doesn’t seem as if her parents are willing to be trained.

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Most adults realize you don’t wake up other adults, right?

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It’s definitely not a nap.

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Her family is just being extremely disrespectful, right?

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I don’t understand why someone would have to go to these lengths to get their parents to grasp the fact that they just went to bed three hours earlier.

What would you do to try to drive the point home? Drop your thoughts in the comments!