Whether it’s your mother continuously trying to wake you up or your phone buzzing with emails from work, you can’t possibly justify your actions of sleeping late due to a catchy book or learning how to illustrate using Photoshop. For some people, the thought of sleeping in may seem like a reward when you get a day off on the weekends – that is, if one does not have children of course.
According to health news, research claims that people who sleep late tend to be smarter and more creative. The study shows that night owls become more progressive as Satoshi Kanazawa, a scientist from London School of Economics and Political Science developed a study that suggested that intelligent children are more likely to grow into nocturnal adults who wake up late on most days. The findings that support this study suggest that those who form a new pattern when compared to those who stick with the traditional patterns that were developed by our ancestors are most progressive. One theory to this is the extra lap of brain power that night owls might have that intelligent children are more likely to become nocturnal due to the old times that would only allow for any work and play during the light hours.
The study however, is not infallible as the people who have grown to become early risers in the morning have a better chance of having more success in their studies and careers. Another study was conducted at the University of Madrid as researchers studied the sleeping patterns of 1,000 students. They found that those who sleep late and wake up later had higher scores on inductive reasoning exams. It is suggested that although early birds are quite more productive with their day, the late risers tend to become more creative.
When you rise at 6 am, chances are you are usually in bed by 9. The start of your day can begin with energy but may wind down by mid-afternoon – leading early birds to screw them over by the afternoon. The energy they once had in the morning will often decrease as the hours pass leaving them more lethargic and ready to end the day.
At the University of Liege in Belgium, a team of researchers analyzed 15 early birds and 15 night owls. The participant’s brain activity were measured after they woke up and another exam 10.5 hours after. While both groups of subjects carried the same level of productivity as they woke up, the early risers showed lower brain activity regions that are linked to the circadian master and attention. Research also suggests that those who wake up early are more prone to morning sickness when compared to those who get enough sleep.
Depending on how you look at it, those who wake up late are missing the early morning hours, but early birds actually miss out on mid-afternoon and entire nights. As the early risers experience more through their day, night owls tend to be in a better mood throughout the day. According to various reports, night owls tend to have better moods and less stress. This might be linked to the fact that early risers carry more cortisol which results to more headaches, muscle aches and cold symptoms than night owls.
An Australian research suggests that humans learn better during the evening. As organisms are adapted to changes between light and dark, this helps to avoid predators and enable to reproduce faster. Another physical advantage to being a late riser is the increase in spinal cord excitability and motor cortex. As many night owls have no choice but to readjust to their early morning schedules, they regularly thrive on it as they can easily adapt to the extended hours of the day. As a result, night owls may often work harder and effectively at night as they do during the morning.
As night owls are able to do more socializing or tasks in the evening due to their increase in energy, they are still able to wind down before heading to bed. With a normal average of time between work and going to bed, they also have more time to prepare for the next day. This means more mental planning to set their daily grooming and plans before the day even starts. With the struggle to sleep early, the dark nights help bring peace and solitude, allowing night owls to contemplate their lifestyle and the world around them – making them become more effective at strategic thinking and effectively deal with the problems they might have.
While it seems pretty clear that early birds tend to be more productive, night owls are more creative and stay mentally alert longer. However, whether you are an early riser or a night owl, don’t use this information to try and change your body’s natural schedule. The late night hours may be where you let your ideas run wild, with no distractions, plans, and obstacles that can get in your way – except the early sun of course. Finding the best sleep rhythm is the best thing you can do for yourself. Aim to create a healthy lifestyle that fits with that.
Kathy Mitchell was born in the USA. She has done MA in English Literature. She loves to publish her article on different health and beauty websites. In her spare time, she like to do research on health information. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest since past 6 years. Connect with her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.