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Six Curious Facts About Night Owls

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Curious Night Owls

Curious Night Owls

Some people reach their maximum energy point after dark. It’s estimated that about 20 percent of people possess this chronotype . They experience serious difficulties in functioning first thing in the morning. As a matter of fact, they spend their whole lives fighting their own inclinations in order to conform to the rhythms of society and might even be seen as misfits. However, what do we really know about this group of individuals?

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Being a night owl isn't a choice

Many people think that night owls choose to have a sleep schedule out of step with the social norm. They think they lack the will to go to sleep and get up early.

In fact, several investigations have shown thatthe chronotype is, to a large extent, genetically determined. These people are born with a predisposition to manifest this nocturnal tendency. Some studies have found that there’s even a genetic mutation that has strong effects on sleep patterns.

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They’re often diagnosed with delayed sleep phase syndrome

This means they need to fall asleep and get up several hours later than is desirable  in accordance with social conventions.

When these people are allowed to choose their sleep schedule, they enjoy adequate rest in quantity and quality. However, having to go against their natural tendency means they suffer discomfort and difficulties. These symptoms are often serious enough to reach the proportions of a disorder.

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They can stay mentally alert for longer

We generally tend to think of early risers as more energetic and productive. Nevertheless, this isn’t entirely true.

In fact, if we talk about the number of hours that an individual can remain alert and mentally agile, the night owls win. In addition, some studies have found that, after ten hours of wakefulness, night owls demonstrate greater cerebral activation in the regions related to attention.

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Sudies  show that, in tests that measure general intelligence (the so-called G factor), night owls obtain higher scores than their morning counterparts.

Despite this advantage in intelligence and the fact that their inductive reasoning capacity seems to be superior, nocturnal people tend to achieve worse academic and work performances .

The reason for this is that they’re forced to perform in their less functional hours. In addition, they’re suffering from significantsleep deprivation.

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They obtain better scores in intelligence tests

Sudies  show that, in tests that measure general intelligence (the so-called G factor), night owls obtain higher scores than their morning counterparts.

Despite this advantage in intelligence and the fact that their inductive reasoning capacity seems to be superior, nocturnal people tend to achieve worse academic and work performances .

The reason for this is that they’re forced to perform in their less functional hours. In addition, they’re suffering from significantsleep deprivation.

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Night owls are more creative

Night owls are more creative

It seems that night owls tend to be more creative kinds of people. As a matter of fact, they use lateral thinking more than morning people . In other words, they show an advantage when it comes to finding alternative solutions and applying different and original points of view.

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They're more likely to get sick

However, not everything is positive. In fact, research has suggested that night owls are more prone to diabetes, obesity, stress, psychological and neurological disorders. They’re even ten percent more likely to die earlier than early risers. This is closely related to their inability to adjust to schedules, leading to insufficient and low-quality sleep, poor diet, and worse lifestyle habits.

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However, not everything is positive. In fact, research has suggested that night owls are more prone to diabetes, obesity, stress, psychological and neurological disorders . They’re even ten percent more likely to die earlier than early risers. Again, this is closely related to their inability to adjust to schedules, leading to insufficient and low-quality sleep, poor diet, and worse lifestyle habits.

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