In sleep circles, this has got to be one of the biggest discussions. Which type of person gets the better rest, who gets the most out of life: The night owl or the early bird?
Some people would swear by staying up late. They’d argue that they feel more productive at night and even though they don’t exactly get a load of sleep, they get just enough to get them going in the morning.
And then there are those who are the early birds.
These are the people who are up early in the morning. We’re talking 4 am rather than 6 am. They say that their early start gives them enough time to reflect on the day ahead, giving them a more mindful start. This group prefers to get into bed earlier, giving them just enough sleep to be up early.
But does the early bird get the worm?
Before we get into the discussion, we need to say that it is most important that you get enough sleep. The average person requires at least 7 hours of sleep. This has nothing to do with productivity and everything to do with your health. Sleep is one of the most important things that you can do for your health.
The thing is, regardless of your preferences, not all of us have a schedule that allows us to sleep the hours that we prefer. Sure, there are an enormous amount of benefits to waking up early, and for those who choose a late night, we can’t argue that there are many benefits there as well.
Once your body has adjusted to a specific sleeping pattern, it can be very difficult to simply change it. If you are wondering if you should attempt to change the pattern, you might like to know if you are making the change for the better.
So, firstly, why might one consider becoming a night owl?
There are times when you want nothing more than to pass out as soon as you walk through the door. Even the most ardent night owl can quickly find their eyes closing when they have had a rough day. For the most part, though, night owls are usually the last to get to bed. Usually, these are the kinds of people who work night shifts or they could those who simply function better when they go to bed later.
The benefits of being a night owl
- Night owls have a higher IQ
Whichever sleep routine works best for you is the one that you should be sticking to. This is important because not everyone has the natural ability to change their sleeping habits as they please.
Those who naturally go to bed later at night and perhaps wake up later as well, are generally more intelligent. There is a link between intelligence and adaptive behaviour. With this in mind, remember that those who are more intelligent are not naturally disposed to enjoy more success.
- Brains and brawn
Night owls don’t only have the edge with intelligence but they also have the edge when it comes to strength, but only at night. Research has shown that those who go to bed later tend to have a little more strength later at night.
- There is more creativity in the wee hours
Those who have late nights are generally considered to be more creative. Unlike morning people, night owls are in a better position to develop original ideas and they are more likely to be creative when tackling problems.
So if you are to become one of those who prefer to keep their nights late, you are likely to be more alert, while in time you could also become more intelligent.
But what about the early risers? What do they have working in their favour?
The benefits of being an early bird
- They are more productive
Early risers are known to get better grades at school and they are known to be top performers. Those few extra hours in the morning prepare them for success, which is what helps them to perform better throughout the day.
- They are also healthier
Those who sleep later often miss out on the most important meal of the day: Breakfast. Those who miss the breakfast hours either often skip it altogether or they save their appetites for lunch. Research shows that it is healthier to eat in the morning than it is to skip the meal. Breakfast gets your metabolism going and becomes the energy you need all day.
- Rising early helps you mentally as well as physically
Before the chaos of a new day ensues, having a few hours of peace and quiet will give you time to reflect and meditate. Getting into the right mental mind frame is just as important as eating breakfast. The morning can be the right time to meditate, seeing as you are fully awake and your mind is clear.
Regardless of whether you are one who loves to be up before the sun rises or prefer to go to bed in the dark hours, what matters most is that you are getting enough sleep. And to make sure you are well rested, you need the right mattress.
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