Have you ever felt judged and labelled as lazy by your friends or your family because you are not an early bird? Have you ever been told that the only way to succeed is to be a morning person? It has been an old debate on whether being an early riser is better or a night owl. It is not your fault that you are in either group. In a study, Michael Breus found out it is individuals’ chronotypes that determine their sleep preferences. We get those preprogrammed genes and habits from our ancestors. The focus is to show you that either group has its own benefits and advantages to the individual. Here is the science behind the advantages of each group.
Advantages of the early bird
In a study, Christoph Randler and the team of researchers at the Harvard University in United States discovered that those individuals who are early risers tend to be happier, stronger, and more active. Those who are morning people will not confront an issue called Social Jet Lag, while people who are considered night owl often have a disorder between their activity and their desired sleep time.
Advantages of the night owl
Although the night owls are known as more unhealthy and more rough compared to early birds, they have some positive aspects. Generally, they are likely smarter, more creative, and more fun to be around with. The new research stated that people who are up all night and go to bed late score higher on IQ tests, meaning they are more intelligent.
Is it possible to change from being a night owl to an early bird?
You might have tried many times to become a morning person, but you may have not succeeded. This failure is because it is hard to change our natural body clock. Thus, all you could do is to respect your type and be as efficient as possible to achieve your goals.
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