If you find yourself staying up late and sleeping in, don't worry about it! Science says that you might actually be smarter than the early bird trying to catch the worm. While you might feel like you're being lazy, it's actually better and here's why.
2. Night Strength Is A Thing And People Who Stay Up Late Have It
According to research conducted at the University of Alberta, night strength is totally a thing. Researches studied the leg strength of nine early birds and nine night owls. While those who got up earlier had a consistent level of strength throughout the day, those who stayed up late would experience an increase in strength levels at night.
According to research conducted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, staying up late “may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.” The study revealed that night owls were more likely to come up with original and creative solutions to problems than early risers. So if you want to find someone who thinks outside the box, look for the person who's up at midnight.
While some studies say that people who wake up early in the morning are more likely to be successful, those who stay up later are more likely to be smarter. Statoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary scientist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, discovered a connection between intelligence and "evolutionary novel" adaptive behaviors. In other words, behavior that is different from the behavior of our ancestors is linked to intelligence, and that includes staying up late. According to a study conducted by Kanazawa, children who are more intelligent are more likely to become nocturnal adults when they grow up. So if you're up at 2am still watching Stranger Things, know that your future kids will thank you!
The University of Madrid studied the sleeping patterns of approximately 1,000 teens and found out that the teens who stayed up late — even on school nights — actually did better on inductive reasons tests, i.e. the tests that are related to general intelligence. However, while night owls might be smarter, the same test found that early birds get better grades. Maybe the test is also proof that grades don't measure how smart you are? Right???
The same study from the University of Madrid posits that children who stay up later have developed differently. "One theory to explain the extra brain power of night owls is that intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal because in ancestral times any activities at night would have been novel and would, therefore, have been more likely to attract people with inquisitive minds," says the study.
In 2009, researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium measured the brain activity of "extreme night owls" and "extreme early birds." Participants were measured when they first woke up and then again 10.5 hours later. Researchers found that “10.5 hours after waking up, the early birds had lower activity in brain regions linked to attention and the circadian master clock, compared to night owls.” Talk about endurance!
If you stay up late, know that you're not alone. The Night Owl Society is a group for freelancers who like to stay up late. It was created by Von Glitschka, an illustrative designer, after noticing that many designers work better at night. Or, as the society's manifesto puts it, "Our nocturnal tribe soars at midnight. We are the night owls — whose pixels, presses, polygons and projects flourish best under obsidian skies."
9. The President Is A Night Owl And You Know He Gets Stuff Done
If you feel lazy when you stay up late, just remember that the president of the free worldalso stays up late. In 2009, President Obama was quoted as saying, "I’m a night owl. My usual day [is]: I work out in the morning; I get to the office around 9, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; work till about 6:30 p.m.; have dinner with the family, hang out with the kids and put them to bed about 8:30 p.m. And then I’ll probably read briefing papers or do paperwork or write stuff until about 11:30 p.m., and then I usually have about a half hour to read before I go to bed…about midnight, 12:30 a.m. — sometimes a little later." And he only, you know, runs an entire country.