Getting out of bed in the morning can feel like the hardest thing in the world if you’re a night owl. We spend all all day exhausted and then as soon as it reaches 10pm we get some sort of new lease of life, meaning we stay up all hours, and alas, can’t get out of bed again in the morning.
The struggle is real.
For years, we have been called lazy for our inabilities to leave our pits in the morning, however new research suggests that those of us who struggle to get out of bed are actually more intelligent, so take that morning people.
That’s right. Apparently, we’re more intelligent, more creative and happier than morning people according to a study by London School of Economics psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, titled Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent.
Basically, those of us who struggle to get out of bed tend to hit the snooze alarm over and over, and there’s no shame in that is there. Obviously, the snooze alarm is a fairly modern concept, and apparently being able to adapt to this concept means we have higher intelligence. It’s all starting to make sense now. We’re not lazy, we’re just bloody clever.
Satoshi said: “Virtually all species in nature, from single-cell organisms to mammals – including humans – exhibit a daily cycle of activity called circadian rhythm.
“However, humans, unlike other mammalian species, have the unique ability – consciously and cognitively – to override their internal biological clock and its rhythmic outputs. In other words, at least for humans, circadian rhythm is not entirely a matter of genetics.
“Within broad genetic constraints, humans can choose what time to go to bed and get up – choosing to be night owls or morning larks.”
So there we have it, ignoring the initial wake up call and allowing ourselves to drift back into slumber makes us more likely to follow our ambitions, and according to Satoshi, makes us more creative and independent.
This is supported by a study that took place at University of Southampton, which found that those who went to bed by 11pm and didn’t wake until 8am had a much happier lifestyle and earned more money.
Bloody fantastic news.