I have never been a morning person. According to my family, I’d even get up in the middle of the night to play with my toys as a kid. My mom was worried about me getting into trouble, so she had no option but to strap me into my pushchair.
My late-night games meant that getting out of bed was a struggle from an early age, and I realized just how much of a night owl I was when I got my first job and couldn’t stay awake during my early morning shifts. Getting up before 7am is not the life for me.
To put how much I hate getting out of bed into context, I deliberately moved into an apartment within walking distance of my office so that I could get an extra half an hour in bed. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t help myself from staying up late.
But it’s now emerged that people who struggle to get out of bed are more intelligent. So the next time your alarm goes off, sending your heart racing, and causing you to sigh as you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed, you can take comfort in this newfound knowledge.
In fact, us night owls can enjoy more than just greater intelligence, as this study has also proven that we are more creative and happier.
This is what the British study Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent has revealed.
The study’s authors, Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina, put forward the argument that humans were not made to get up with the aid of an alarm clock. So if you’re willing to allow yourself to hit the snooze button, you’re more intelligent.
Why? Because you’re listening to your body when it tells you that you need more sleep. As a result, you’re more likely to chase your dreams and solve your own problems, something which Kanazawa and Perina said makes you more creative and independent.
However, don’t just take Kanazawa and Perina’s word for it. A similar study was conducted by the University of Southampton.
It revealed that those who went to sleep after 11pm and got up after 8am not only earned more, but had a better lifestyle too.
Whilst hitting the snooze button isn’t always an option, there’s other factors which help make us reluctant early risers more intelligent, and one of them is our reliance on the golden grains of the Gods, AKA coffee.
Caffeine blocks the inhibitory transmitter adenosine, which helps the brain and body to function at a higher level than they would otherwise do – improving our reaction times, memory, and general cognitive abilities.
However, don’t let your love of a lie-in go to your head. It’s also been proven that too much sleep isn’t good for you either. People who regularly have more than 12 hours of sleep a night are at a higher risk of an untimely death.
You can forgive yourself for having a long lie in at the weekend, but a routine does wonders during the week. So order that Starbucks with reckless abandon on your way to work, and smile knowing that your incessant yawning is a sign of how smart you are.