I am asked by a reader “What does “3 am” connote? Apart from its 3 hours past midnight and its early morning does it have more meaning? ”
3 AM seems to be caught in a cusp. From the time my parents could no longer force me to go and sleep at a particular time (and forcing me was a tall call anyway!), the time I go to sleep has often determined the quality of sleep. Certain nights, when I stay up late, sleeping before 2 AM qualified as sleeping a “bit late”, and sleeping after 4 AM meant “night-out”. Determining a longer laze or waking up late morning.
But 3 AM? Neither a late night nor a night-out. Sleeping at 3 AM especially if it’s not because of a dangerous dangling deadline (pardon the aliteration), is inching towards insomnia and lack of company. The various forms of night and morning appear to vanish at the cusp. The cone-shaped cusp that holds the map to sleeplessness.
This may or may not answer the question. But it helps me articulate the time that is 3 AM.
PS – I just noticed that India Uncut is having a 3AM moment as well.