Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a morning person? Or like me, you are one? There’s an earlier blogpost with numerous tips to know how you can be more of an early riser.
This post is a combination of an original infographic and post by Brittany Thompson originally appearing on AffordableSchools.net This infographic takes a look at the Early Bird versus the Night Owl regarding success in careers and how they live their lives. Some studies show that morning people may be more successful in careers, yet night owls are more intelligent and creative gaining that advantage over their morning loving peers.
If you would like to know if more introverts or extroverts are morning people can you help with taking this 30-second quiz. Please share the quiz too, and I’ll report out the findings.
Does the Early Bird Really Get the Worm?
Brittany’s article continues with so why is sleep so important?
A graph displays self-reported sleep difficulties among 20-year-olds. Nearly half report insufficient or poor sleep affecting activities at least once in the past seven days. 35% report sleep quality as poor or fair despite sleeping the recommended amount.
Others report trouble concentrating or remembering things, trouble working on hobbies, even driving and taking care of financial affairs.
Another chart discusses car crashes caused from drowsy drivers. For example in 2005, there were 1,033 out of 39,252 fatal car crashes caused by drowsiness. That was 2.6% of total fatal car crashes. In 2009 2.4% of fatal accidents were caused by sleepy drivers, that’s 730 out of 30,797. This averages about two deaths per day.
Patricia asks: Could you have guessed personality influences sleep?
In my curiosity about how personality affects sleep I found several studies about personality and sleeping. One finding you might find interesting:
Extroverts are more susceptible than introverts to loss of sleep when in social environments.
These findings make sense since we know that if we are more extroverted, we are energized by what’s outside of us.
There you have it: social butterflies can rob themselves of a beauty rest.
Brittany’s article continues answering, How did our ancestors sleep?
Members of tribes had different sleep schedules, rotating guard shifts while others slept. Before electricity, most people went to sleep after dinner as the sun went down and awoke around midnight to check on family and farm animals, then went back to sleep until sunrise. Modern times we are divided into two groups again, the early birds and night owls.
Famous examples of each are Maya Angelou as an early bird, getting most of her work done between 7 am and 3 pm. Meanwhile, Sigmund Freud was a night owl who did most of his work from 3 pm to 9 pm and then from 11 am to 1 pm.
Patricia learns: Half of our sleep preference is inherited
Genes in part determine our preference as early birds or night owls. There is an online quiz contributing to understanding the biological clock and our individual differences in the biological clock. It revolves around just one daily activity, and that is our preference of when we go to bed and when we get up.
You can discover two clocks, our biological clock, and the outside world clocks, and if those clocks are synchronized or not.
It even gives suggestions to try, and either fall asleep later or earlier.
Brittany’s article continues: The question has been asked, who has it better, the early bird or night owl?
Most school schedules and 9 to 5 work schedules lend the advantage to the early birds. Chronically sleeping on an unnatural sleep cycle leads to Social Jet Lag, where people feel exhausted regardless of the amount of sleep they’ve had.
Early birds who are energetic in the morning tend to lose their energy faster than night owls who maintain energy and wakefulness longer overall. After 10 hours of being awake, night owls perform significantly better on reaction time tests. Early birds are less prone to depression and addictions than night owls are.
Night owls tend to be more creative and higher cognitive abilities than their day loving counterparts. They are also more likely to explore the unknown and are more curious by nature. Night owls also are risk takers, which can translate to more success and higher salaries in the business world.
The brain makeup of the Early Bird and the Night Owl is even different.
The early bird has more white matter, which is what helps neurons communicate. It’s believed that this can be responsible for the early birds being more optimistic, proactive, and resilient toward depression and anxiety.
The night owls have more cortisol, which is a stress hormone that helps prepare the body and mind for high-stress situations. This high level of cortisol could be what is responsible for the heightened cognitive abilities and performance in the high-stakes business world.
Times of death for early birds and night owls seem to follow their life pattern, with early birds more likely to die before 11 am and night owls passing away before 6 pm.
There are tips for how to change your cycle, and it’s possible that one person can be both an early bird and a night owl at different times in their lives.
The truth is, there is no real verdict yet as to whether night owls are really more successful or if the early bird truly gets the worm. At present, both seem to be working well within their set patterns and finding success either day or night.
This post is provided by Affordableschools.net .