I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that you have to be in bed by 9.30pm for your post malons stay to count.
But the reality is that you can still stay in bed at any time.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says it will now allow you to stay in your home at any hour of the day and night as long as you are staying in a property of your choice.
This means you could stay in the same room with your partner if you are both home at the same time, or your partner could stay with you at the guesthouse in a shared bedroom.
While some hotels are allowing guests to stay up until 11pm to watch the big game, others are letting you stay up to 3am.
I am in bed.
I am watching the game.
My husband and I have a shared room in a hotel, but I have no room.
He is sleeping on a couch.
We both have a bed, a pillow and a blanket.
In some hotels, you are allowed to watch TV and music at the hotel, so you can have your own TV and computer, and you can play some video games.
There is also a limited amount of sleeping accommodation, but you will have to sign a waiver that you will only be allowed to sleep on the floor, which means that you cannot lie down on the sofa or in a hammock, as is normal.
It is common for people to be able to sleep in their cars, but in some places this is not allowed, and there are some rules around when and where people can sleep.
We have decided to go to our hotel room for a bit.
A guest is sleeping in their car in their hotel room.
I’m wearing my pyjamas, my bed sheets and a t-shirt, and I’m having a drink.
My mate is sleeping upstairs, and he has his own bed.
We can sit down.
When I arrive at my hotel room, I am greeted by my wife, who has taken my hand and said ‘come on, let’s go to the pool’.
She leads us down to the swimming pool.
I wake up to the sound of her knocking on the door.
She says ‘Come on in’.
I am sitting on the edge of the bed with a blanket over me, a towel wrapped around my waist, and a couple of glasses of water.
Once we are in, the room is quiet.
There is no music playing or anyone talking.
My wife takes me to the front door and says ‘it’s going to be really hot, I need to be inside’, and then we get out of the car and walk through the door into the pool.
Noise is muffled.
The pool is quiet, with no bubbles rising, and the temperature is low.
After the game, the pool is still pretty cold, but the air is clear.
As I walk into the swimming area, I see a little girl running down the side of the pool, and she is covered in water.
I think I’m going to drown.
Suddenly, I feel a tug on my hand.
She is still covered in bubbles.
I start crying.
Her mother comes out of her house and starts sobbing, and her daughter starts sobling too.
I ask her why she is crying.
She says, ‘it was the best day of my life’.
The family sits in silence, as I try to hold back tears.
They all look very happy, and everyone has a smile on their face.
At the end of the night, the family goes back to the hotel and goes to bed.
For a while, the hotel was quiet.
I did not realise how much the people who live there had changed.
It was a good night.