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The difference between Early Birds and Night Owls.

Most people believe that being an Early Bird or a Night Owl is a matter of choice and preference. However, Genetic Scientists believe that if your parents were late-nighters, you might be one, too. In fact, it may run in the entire family. This has a lot to do with our roles as social animals. We know that during the early days, work was divided between different members of the tribe. Some would work day jobs, such as farming and hunting, while others would guard the tribe while the day-workers would rest. There is reason to believe that this segregation of responsibilities might have resulted in change in genetic make-up throughout the years.

In this piece, we will be discussing the differences between early risers and late-nighters. None of these differences point to one being better than the other, they’re just slightly different from each other.

1. Early birds are more proactive, while Night Owls tend to be smarter.

Psychologist Richard D. Roberts and Patrick C. Kyllonen measured 420 participants and gave them intelligence tests that involved mathematics, reading comprehension, working memory, and processing speed. The results were in favor of the evening types who were reported to have better scores. This, obviously, doesn’t make them more likely to obtain success. Evidently, morning people are probably doing most of the work during the hours that fit the world of commerce, allowing success to be in their favor.

2. Early Birds like Tea, while Night Owls like Alcohol.

Early birds are likely to consume more tea than night owls. But what about coffee? Here’s the interesting part. According to another study with 537 participants, night owls are more likely to consume caffeine from coffee and cola and they are also more likely to consume alcohol and nicotine. The latter is apparently related to the fact that owls are more likely to indulge in nightlife where intoxication is prevalent.

3. Early birds might be happier than night owls.

This disconnect between conventional daytime expectations and nighttime preference might make life harder for owls in general. Social scientists call this outcome “social jetlag”: evening types that force themselves to wake up early and perform at their peak during the day might cause themselves some sleep loss and emotional distress. They might also be less happy as a result.

4. Both owls and early birds are more creative during their off-hours.

Reportedly, night owls and morning birds have their bursts of creativity during their “off-hours”. In a study conducted by Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks in 2011, participants that included both night owls and early birds were given analytical and insight problems to solve. While analytical problems were successfully solved during optimal timings, insightful problems that required creative thinking were better solved during non-optimal hours – meaning during their less preferred hours. Apparently those bursts of creativity are common occurrences during periods of mental fatigue.

So there you have it! Here are a few differences between early birds and night owls. Regardless of which camp you belong to, quality of sleep is essential to both. You require a minimum of 8 hours of restful, undisturbed sleep. That’s where we come in. Sleepkraft has a varied collection of mattresses that suit different sleeping styles, regardless of what your preferred sleep timing is. Regularity in sleep pattern is key, and sleeping at the same time and waking up at the same time will increase your quality of sleep.

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