Accountants don’t sleep. While they don’t know what ‘work / life balance’ is, it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t really exist anyways.
During busy season, lots of red bull, coffee, soda, snacks, candy, and anything are consumed at all times in order to stay productive. From waking up early, commuting, and taking 1/2 hour to start up the laptop, accountants don’t get to rest until they get home after midnight. Even then, accountants have been known to study for the CPA exam or catch up on Tivo.
Why would someone sacrifice much needed sleep in order to watch the latest reality show and dramas from Hollywood? Answer: they need to stay on top of Lost and Heroes so that they have something to talk about during the awkward silences known as lunch.
A typical conversation getting in to work is asking how late the other person stayed to work last night. Being able to say that you worked until 1 AM on the purchasing process and going home to catch up on some episodes of Lost is met with much respect. That is until their superior shows up and mentions how revenue contracts took until 2 AM and they finally saw the latest episode of the Office.