Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Night Time Is The Right Time

Who needs daylight?
In a 1999 study on intelligence and what its authors called “morningness–eveningness,” 420 participants were grouped according to their circadian type (morning persons versus night owls), and their intelligence was measured with psychometric batteries. Night owls, as it turned out, were more likely to have higher intelligence scores.
An earlier study sampled 1,229 senior citizens in England, and found that night owls had more money; and if you were a morning person (referred to in the study as a “lark”), you wouldn’t display any health or cognitive advantages over people who stayed up later. So much for Ben Franklin’s “early to bed, early to rise.”
Based on these assessments, Inc.com advises readers to make peace with their circadian types (meaning don’t try to become a morning person if you aren’t one), and to get at least six hours of sleep a night. They also asked Metronaps CEO Christopher Lindholst (whose company makes those nifty EnergyPod napping chairs) how night owls should leverage their sleeping habits for maximum effectiveness.
The sleeping science is settled!

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