Late Mornings Are For Loafers, Right? Research Shows We’re Thinking About It All Wrong.

Posted by Editorial Staff in Health and Fitness

Good news for all you night owls, it turns out that staying up late and sleeping in may be a sign of high intelligence and a more comfortable lifestyle.



For most of us, the sound of the alarm is by far the most annoying sound and we tend to hit the snooze button inevitably everytime we hear the sound. Those who tend to do this a little too frequently are labeled as lazy and being indisciplined. Some people are of the belief that those 10 extra minutes can break your circadian pattern.

If you are one of those people who has slept through alarms and the snooze button has not affected you then you actually could be more intelligent and creative than the average person who jumps out of bed at the first ring of the alarm.


Night Owls might be smarter...

A study entitled Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent was published in The Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. It was conducted by authors Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina, who reveal that those in control of their sleeping habits are actually much smarter than the average person, despite the preconceived notions. When you know your body and you know your mind, you are showing signs of higher intelligence.



Their research took 1229 men and women and examined their sleep patterns. They discovered that owls (those who go to bed after 11 pm and get up after 8 am) tended to have more income and a more comfortable lifestyle in general.

Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina, the study’s authors, believe that humans are better adapted to living and sleeping like our ancestors did. This means going to bed early and getting up early in the morning.

While that was fine to do in a time before wi-fi and other cool inventions, now people tend to stay up socializing later and later but still get up early.



That is quite the opposite of what most people believe about those who like to sleep in. So, instead of branding someone as lazy, you would much rather understand that the person is just tired and their body needs rest to rejuvenate and get itself back together.


In plain terms this means: It takes a smart person to deal with the snooze button because it is a very recent invention that evolution itself has done nothing to prepare us for.

This second correlation might be a bit more intuitive: If we learn to listen to our own body’s needs and not to the hard and fast rules of our clocks, we are more likely to pursue our own passions and find our own solutions to problems. This makes us more creative and independent.



Although this may be encouraging to the fellow night owls of the world, it isn’t to suggest that we should be spending all of our time in bed. In fact, people who regularly spend over 12 hours in bed per day are at a higher risk of an untimely death in the future. It’s important to listen to the needs of your body and go about your sleeping patterns accordingly.



Of course, this doesn’t mean that sleeping in means you’re a genius or more likely to be successful just that it’s an indicator.

It’s also worth noting that sleeping more than 12 hours a day – like an anthropomorphized cat – gives you a greater chance of suffering an untimely death.

So you know swings and roundabouts…


These are 8 reasons why it is a must to get a good sleep session:

8) Sleep improves your immune system

7) Sleep affects emotions and social interactions

6) Poor sleepers have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke

5) Good sleep can maximize athletic performance

4) Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories

3) Poor sleep is linked to depression

2) Poor sleep can make you fat

1) Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity