Night Owls are Actually Smarter and More Creative, but Early Birds Tend to be More Productive

Probably you can`t wait for the day off whether from school or work to get more sleep. If you like sleeping daily, your friends may call you lazy. It also makes it harder if you have children you have to get ready for school.

But there are good news too, sleeping in may be a sign of greater creativity. That exactly explains why  people who sleep in “the night owls” are more intelligent.

Satoshi Kanazawa, scientist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, found a connection between intelligence and adaptive behaviors. He wrote that, “Routine nocturnal activities are probably rare in the ancestral environment and are thus evolutionarily novel.” The research show that “more intelligent children are more likely to go to bed late and also wake up late whether on weekdays or on weekends.

So don`t worry if you are a night owl, staying up late and sleeping in, because it is a sign of higher intelligence. This is also true for teenagers.

Another research at the University of Madrid last year tested 1000 teens and found that the ones that stay up late at night scored higher on inductive reasoning tests which is first linked to general intelligence than the others who wake up early. But the early birds tend to have more productive characteristics which lead to higher grades.

One more study, which includes adults, half of them night owls and the others morning people were given three tests to show creative thinking. Guess what?

The reviews were based on originality, elaboration, fluidity and flexibility performances. According to the results “evening types aced each test based on these criteria while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.”

Lead author of the study, Marina Giampietro points that this creative qualification is based on the ability of the person to find alternative and original solutions.

To be clear, the most important thing is what you do with the time you have. So early birds are definitely more productive, but the night owls are more creative and actually smarter.

One more study shows that late risers also tend to stay mentally alert longer.

A 2009 study by the University of Liege in Belgium monitored 15 “extreme night owls” and 16 “extreme early birds.” The participants normally stayed on their sleeping schedules. Their brain was measured exactly after waking up, and the procedure was repeated 10.5 hours later. On the first test, the participants didn’t show any difference. But what was surprisingly interesting is the test 10.5 hours after waking up. What was interesting is that the early birds show lower attention compared with late risers.

However, keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and don’t let this information change your sleeping schedule. There are also many people who tend to be creative and they wake up early whether by choice or obligation. Although staying up late and sleeping in doesn’t mean that one is going to increase one’s creative level or become smarter. Just find the balance to create a lifestyle that gets you enough sleep.

Source: David Wolfe

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