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I can be described as a morning person, where waking up at 4:20 AM to catch a flight is no problem. My colleague on the other hand go to bed no earlier than midnight and often later than that.

We're both programmers, and if we're in a critical phase of a project, my colleague works until 3AM, and I start at 4AM. Still both times are in the middle of the night and we tend to get most work done at off working hours.

Question is why that is?

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You're not alone. –  metacompactness Dec 29 '13 at 21:16
Interesting question. This could depend on outer circumstances instead of being a biological phenomena though. For example, night is is much more distraction free from a sociological perspective. –  danijar Dec 30 '13 at 0:09
It's great to see you back again! I edited the office-hours tag because I don't know that it will get much use with future questions. –  Chuck Sherrington Dec 30 '13 at 19:30
@ChuckSherrington Thanks! It's great to be back. I hope to participate more in 2014 since I love the concept of this SE-site. –  Benny Skogberg Dec 30 '13 at 19:56

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Probably both a combination of being more tired and fewer distractions. Most other people will be asleep during the night. Programming is adversely affected by context-switching, thus night-time with stimulant-enhanced soda is more likely to provide you with long periods of interruption free coding.

Update: The above situation creates the conditions where Csíkszentmihályi's Flow is most likely to take place.

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