The holidays are over (still crying about it…), and we’re all fighting the battle to wake up in the morning to get to work and pay the bills.
While some of you might be a morning person, others of us definitely are not, and we’ve copped hell for our struggle to get out of bed for years.
But there’s hope on the horizon, because according to new studies, it actually means you are MORE intelligent if you struggle to get out of bed in the morning.
The study, by London School of Economics psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, titled Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent, detailed that these people are:
- More intelligent,
- More creative, and
- Happier than morning people.
"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, being able to ignore initial alarms and drifting back to sleep means we are more likely to follow our ambitions and it makes us more creative and independent.
Another study, from the University of Southampton, supported this, finding that those who went to bed by 11pm and didn't wake until 8am had a much happier lifestyle and earned more money.
Take that, morning people!
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Not all of us who struggle to peel ourselves out of bed are Einsteins in the making.