If you were to ask everyone what the hardest part of their day is, by far, the majority of people will tell you it’s leaving their warm and toasty bed in the morning (usually earlier than they truly want to). Let’s face it, waking up early to go to work, school, or any other responsibilities just really blows. Who doesn’t want to stay in bed all day long? It’s comfortable, it’s safe, and you don’t have to put on any pants–wins all around. Even though we all totally want to stay in bed forever, there’s a societal narrative that creates an idea of a “lazy person” if they struggle to get out of bed at the crack of dawn. But, a 2009 study that has gained recent popularity could change all of those preconceived notions about bed-bodies and laziness.
The study, published by Elsevier in 2009 called “Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent” showcases that those individuals who are in control of their sleeping habits are actually much smarter than the average person. It really all comes down to knowing your body and knowing your mind. Sometimes, we’ll stay up way later than usual/expected and by the time our alarm goes off in the morning, we can feel our body craving more sleep. The study’s authors Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina believe that those who listen to their body show signs of higher intelligence.
The authors also point out that those who stay up later at night find more “creative ways” to solve their problems. As well, ignoring your alarm in the morning and listening to your body shows that you’re a person who is more likely to be ambitious and a leader instead of a follower. Let’s be honset–that’s way better than being known as someone who is lazy and “unmotivated.” While everyone tells us that we need to get up earlier and tackle the day–it may be more important to listen to the wants and needs of your body.
While the study specifically speaks about night owls, this can be correlated with a bigger picture takeaway of listening to your body and your energy levels. Sure, some of us are better in the morning than we are at night–so, those of you who are, go for it. Use your mornings for your brainstorming, your workouts, whatever it is you need.
But, if you’re someone who functions better in the afternoon or night, pay attention to that as well. Also, tailor your life to best fit your energy and your body’s needs. You only have one body–you might as well listen to it.
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