DSC Debates: Peeing at Night—to Sit, or to Stand?


We’ve all made our fair share of late-night trips to the toilet. It’s dark, you’re half asleep and your aim isn’t exactly up to par—not the best odds for maintaining a spotless bathroom floor. Which brings us to the important question of night-peeing strategy: Do you pee standing up, but risk completely waking yourself up by turning on the bathroom light, or do you leave the light off, sit down and take a leisurely wiz in the dark?

We asked our fellow DSC colleagues about their thoughts on the matter, and it turned into quite the debate…

Team Sit:

Andrew F.: “Standing up straight is the last thing I want to do after being woken up in the middle of the night by my bladder. I’d lay down flat to use the toilet if I could.”

Nick L.: “Here are the options as I see them… 1: Pee while standing in the dark, then have to clean up the mess when it turns out I’m not even facing the right direction. 2: Pee while standing and turn the light on, then not be able to get back to sleep for three hours (or just fall down the stairs in the dark because my night vision has been screwed up). 3: Sit down to pee in the dark, feel sweet, sweet relief and stumble sleepily back to bed. No contest.”

Luke L.: “I’m a firm believer in sitting down with the lights off because I don’t want to mess up my REM cycle by being exposed to too much light in the middle of the night. But, learn from my mistake: Make sure the toilet seat is down when you sit—otherwise, you may just fall in the toilet and hurt yourself.”

Kyle F.: “I personally like to sit on the toilet in the middle of the night. It’s just more comfortable. That said, I don’t like to see myself sitting on it in the mirror with all that bed head going on, so I leave the lights off.”

Holly S.: “As a woman, I don’t have much of a choice when it comes to sitting and standing. I do, however, bring my pillow to the toilet from time to time and conk out for an extra few minutes in the bathroom. *Snore*”

Team Stand:

Randall W.: “I don’t mess around when it comes to using the bathroom. Day, night, during a tornado—whatever it may be—I’ll stand with the lights on. I need to be able to see where I’m aiming.”

Bobby D.: “When I wake up in the middle of the night, my eyes are totally adjusted to the darkness (thanks, mom, for forcing me to eat mountains of carrots when I was younger), which is why I’m a stander. I do leave the lights off, though. Nothing is worse than resetting your natural night vision by turning on the light and having to make your way back to bed in complete darkness.”

Tyree H.: “As a guy, standing just feels more natural to me. Plus, it gives me a chance to stretch out my legs in the middle of the night. That said, I’m not about to turn the lights on, so I leave the door cracked just a little bit for some outside lighting.”

Adam G.: “I’ve gotta go with standing to take a leak and turning on the light. I’m the sleepy type, so if I sit down on the toilet in the dark, I might just end up spending the rest of the night snoozing on the pot.”

Matthew T.: “All semblance of judgment and responsibility goes out the door in the middle of the night, which is why I stand and leave the lights off. I’ll deal with whatever mess I may have made in the morning.”

Now that our DSC employees have fought it out, it’s your turn. What side of the debate do you land on? Tell us in the comments below.