In the US, “prime time” is the two hours of the evening when all the top shows are on TV. In the northeast, where I’m from, prime time is from 8 – 10 pm. Not that I ever watched that much TV (aside from Seinfeld) when I lived in the US, but at least there was the potential that I could actually watch something if I was interested.
However, prime time here in Malaysia appears to start at 10 pm. Actually, it seems like pretty much everything is pushed back a few hours according to my inner clock. When we leave the mall at around 9 pm, crowds of people, many with small children are streaming in. When we are finished with dinner at 8 pm, people are lined up waiting for tables. And, of course, when we leave the movie theater at 10 pm, we can see the families waiting for the next show as we’re on our way out.
I’m guessing that the reason people are up so late is because it’s so hot during the day that they’d rather go out later at night. But for some reason I can’t get my internal clock to shift. By 10 pm I’m ready for bed. Napping doesn’t help, and I certianly have no hope of ever watching any of those prime time TV shows…
My brain appears to be hard-wired to be awake from around 7 am until around 10 pm and there is apparantly nothing I can do about it. Alex, on the other hand, would prefer to spend all of the daylight hours asleep, so he can stay up all night. What are your “normal” waking hours?