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Work-Life Balance and the New Night Shift

Dinner’s finished and the kids are in bed—time to log back on! How 9 to 11 p.m. became mandatory work hours, and what you can do to win your life back

Illustration by Jan Buchczik

I’m toiling away on my laptop, getting lots of work done. Notes are being reviewed, interviews are being prepared, and I’m exchanging instant messages with two colleagues. This productivity is great! But I feel so, so tired. Like I should be under the covers instead of checking off my endless to-do list. That’s because it’s bedtime, 11 p.m., and I’m home in my striped pajamas. This isn’t an anomaly or the result of a new deadline or an unusually busy week. It’s my normal nighttime routine—and probably yours, too.