Are you addicted to bed? Someone who would put their job and social life on hold, if not at risk, for a an extra couple minutes of shut-eye? The kind of person to get a nuclear missile warning text, read it and decide not to get up and panic but rejoice in the fact you’ve got an excuse to go back to the land of nod?
If so, you’re in society’s good books. You are officially smarter than those rise-and-shiners.
Not only that, but you’re happier. That does sorta go without saying, though.
The study ‘Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent‘ claims that people who sleep in and control their sleeping patterns wake up more intelligent and creative than those who don’t.
Researchers Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina said that by smashing the snooze button and ignoring the pressure of early rising, it demonstrates a bigger sense of self-agency.
By shunning your alarm you are acting on what your body requires instead of being a slave to custom, even if it makes you unpopular at work.
What’s more, a prior study undertaken in 1998 conducted by a team at the University of Southampton found that people who went to sleep after 11pm and woke up after 8am had happier lifestyles and earned more dollar.
356 people (29%) were defined as larks (to bed before 11 pm and up before 8 am) and 318 (26%) were defined as owls (to bed at or after 11 pm and up at or after 8 am). There was no indication that larks were richer than those with other sleeping patterns. On the contrary, owls had the largest mean income and were more likely to have access to a car.
There was also no evidence that larks were superior to those with other sleeping patterns with regard to their cognitive performance or their state of health. Both larks and owls had a slightly reduced risk of death compared with the rest of the study sample, but this was accounted for by the fact that they spent less time in bed at night.
In the study sample as a whole, longer periods of time in bed were associated with increased mortality. After adjustment for age, sex, the presence of illness, and other risk factors, people who spent 12 or more hours in bed had a relative risk of death of 1.7 (1.2 to 2.5) compared with those who were in bed for 9 hours. The lowest risk occurred in people who spent 8 hours in bed (adjusted relative risk 0.8; 0.7 to 1.0).
Basically guys, find jobs that do 11-7’s or even just 10-6’s and you’ll be happier and richer in no time whatsoever – just like me!