If you find it hard to get up early and become more productive or feel motivated at night, you’re a night owl. Although an early bird is lauded more over a night owl in our culture for its advantages, which is indeed true, (“The early bird catches the worm” and “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”) there are some distinct advantages of being a night person.
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Pros of being a night owl:
You’re Smarter: According to study performed by Satoshi Kanazawa, a scientist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, late risers have more IQ and intelligent people are more likely to be nocturnal.
You’re flexible: If you’re a night person, you might have learned to adapt the standard morning 8 to 5 schedule. Not only you prosper in this schedule but also easily adapt to a day with extended hours.
You have strength to meet deadlines: Being a night owl, you have “night-strength” which helps you to focus on your tasks for a longer time compared with the early bird. So when deadlines loom, you can easily put in extra hours then.
Cons of staying up late at night:
You become sleep deprived: There might be several days when you are trying hard to sleep in the morning after staying up all night. You tend to become sleep-deprived which may result in various health issues. You need to have proper sleep to stay healthy and have a longer life. Irregular sleep patters also affects your memory.
You become more vulnerable to depression: Scientists link sleep with depression. Since insomnia, lack of sleep is a common characteristics of a night person, this can lead you to depression. Lack of sleep alone cannot cause depression, but it does play a role.
You could have health problems: According to studies, those who work late at night have higher risk of breast cancer and diabetes. This is probably the biggest reason why we are advised not to be a night person. Since the sleeping patterns are totally altered or disturbed, the adjustments in the body may lead to stress and irregular heartbeats. This makes you susceptible to heart diseases and heart attacks.