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 for night mode
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  night mode
   n.
  
      See phase (of people).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  phase
  day mode
  night mode
  
     1. The offset of one's waking-sleeping schedule with respect
     to the standard 24-hour cycle; a useful concept among people
     who often work at night and/or according to no fixed schedule.
     It is not uncommon to change one's phase by as much as 6 hours
     per day on a regular basis.  "What's your phase?"  "I've been
     getting in about 8 P.M. lately, but I'm going to wrap around
     to the day schedule by Friday."  A person who is roughly 12
     hours out of phase is sometimes said to be in "night mode".
     (The term "day mode" is also (but less frequently) used,
     meaning you're working 9 to 5 (or, more likely, 10 to 6).)
     The act of altering one's cycle is called "changing phase";
     "phase shifting" has also been recently reported from Caltech.
  
     2. "change phase the hard way": To stay awake for a very long
     time in order to get into a different phase.
  
     3. "change phase the easy way": To stay asleep, etc.  However,
     some claim that either staying awake longer or sleeping longer
     is easy, and that it is *shortening* your day or night that is
     really hard (see wrap around).  The "jet lag" that afflicts
     travelers who cross many time-zone boundaries may be
     attributed to two distinct causes: the strain of travel per
     se, and the strain of changing phase.  Hackers who suddenly
     find that they must change phase drastically in a short period
     of time, particularly the hard way, experience something very
     like jet lag without travelling.
  

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