Night owl by nature
Staying up past bedtime might be a lost childhood habit for some, while for others, it becomes a regular way of life. Here are ten ways that being a night owl can actually be a positive thing.
Night owls have more creativity and originality
Need a creative solution to a problem? Your answer just might be waiting in the mind of a night owl. A study conducted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan showed that those with a penchant for staying up late, also exhibited the most creativity. The study participants ranged in age, and were given an activity in which they were required to complete pictures composed with only straight and curved lines. Night owls passed the test with no problem, while those that considered themselves to be morning people struggled to achieve an average score. Professor Marina Giampietro says of the creativity found in night owls, “Being in a situation which diverges from conventional habit [typical for nocturnal types], may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”
Night owls can go the distance mentally
While those that claim to be morning people might hit the ground running early, they are also more likely to mentally tire sooner than those that head for bed late at night. A study conducted by The University of Leige in Belgium showed a striking difference in mental alertness between the two groups. A group of night owls and early birds were given a test that measured their reaction times, both in the morning and evening. The test was conducted 10.5 hours after waking for each group, depending on their normal sleep schedule. During the morning test, the groups scored similarly, but the evening test showed a great discrepancy between the two groups. Those that prided themselves in staying up late proved to have faster response times during the evening test than those that went to be earlier on a regular basis. The results showed that regardless of wake times, night owls are able to sustain a sense of mental alertness for longer than those that go to bed early.