One of my neighbour, a one year old boy, is a nocturnal boy. He stays awake up to almost midnight very often. I often wake up at night and hearing his voice playing with his mom or grandparents.
'The best' record was he stayed awake until 1 a.m. How come? Doesn't he take a rest during the day?
Yes, he does. This boy sleeps once in the morning and once in the afternoon. He's been taken care by his nanny as his mom is a working mother who works until at least 7 p.m everyday except on Sundays.
In the morning this boy wakes up at 'normal' time. He takes a shower, has breakfast and waves his mom goodbye before playing with his nanny. At 9 or 10 a.m he sleeps again. I can hear his nanny cleaning the house while he's sleeping. At around noon he usually wakes up and stays awake for hours until he sleeps again and wakes up again at 4 or 5 p.m.
After that he will be playing with his big sister and grannies, having dinner and stays awake until his mom comes home. I sometimes hear he plays with his mom after that.
That family usually stay awake until almost midnight. The grannies, the aunty and uncle, and ofcourse the mommy. I think that's the reason why he is a nocturnal baby.
But I see it as a not so healthy lifestyle. Being awake at night is not normal for human as we are designed to be diurnal creatures. People may stay awake at night for specific purpose and shar-i one.
Allah has stated in surah An-Naba (QS 78: 9-11): And made your sleep as (a means of) rest. And made the night as clothing. And made the day for livelihood.
Allah really wants us to have some rest at night and be active during the day. Waking up at night is permissible as long as it's for having night prays, reciting Quran or other shar-i things.
To me, having a nocturnal boy is not good. Parents need to change this habit and try hard to put things back in track.