Written by: Brandi Monasco
“The early bird gets the worm…” – William Camden
But what do we night owls get?
There are numerous articles that tell you that you should get up early every morning and that getting up early makes you more productive. That is quite the opposite for me. I am nowhere near productive if I get out of bed early!
I am a night owl. There have been plenty of times where I don’t hit the pillow until 1 or 2 am. It’s not that I enjoy staying up late or that I don’t enjoy sleeping, because I love sleeping. It’s the fact that my brain doesn’t like to shut off at night and my creativity peaks at night, making it easier for me to concentrate and to be more productive.
We have all heard that you need to be in bed by a certain time, that staying up late is bad for your health, or this and that about staying up late. But in all reality, it is perfectly okay to be a night owl!
- Night Owls Benefit From “Night Strength.” It’s not that night owls are stronger than early birds, but we do have more of a physical advantage. Researchers at the University of Alberta tested the leg strength of nine night owls and nine early birds. The research found that the morning people’s strength remained consistent throughout the day. However, they found that the night owl’s strength peaked more at night.
- Night Owls Have A Higher IQ. A scientist at the London School of Economics and Political Science found that there is a connection between intelligence and adaptive behaviors. The study found that “More intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who go to bed late and wake up late on both weekdays and weekends.” The study also found that “participants who had a low IQ of less than 75 went to bed early, while those who had a high IQ of over 125 went to bed considerably later.”
- Night Owls Are More Creative. A study conducted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart showed that people who stay up later and sleep in are more creative than those who get up early. It also showed that night owls think “outside the box.” The lead author of the study “hypothesizes that night owls might be more creative because staying up late may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”
- Night Owls Remain Alert Longer Than Early Birds. A study conducted at the University of Belgium interviewed 30 people; 15 who were early birds and 15 who were night owls. The study showed that both sets of people woke with the same amount of energy levels, but towards the evening the early bird’s energy levels decreased while the night owl’s energy level increased.
- Night Owls Are Just As Productive. Society looks down on us night owls that stay up late and sleep in. It is often viewed as being “lazy,” but that is really not the case. When we are staying up late getting work done, we are actually getting ahead on our work. Staying up late or sleeping in does not necessarily mean that night owls are less productive than early birds. We just do it differently and at different times.
If you find it hard for you to be an early riser, don’t fight it. Just accept it and embrace it. Make it work to your advantage. You never know what you might be able to get done in that amount of time when the rest of the world is sleeping. Being a night owl is great. Just imagine how much more productive and creative you can be if you just embrace your internal clock!
“The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.” – Jeremy Paxman
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