Get up early? Night owls? Not? Well, being a night owl can be the new badge of honor. According to a recently published study, “smarter individuals are more likely to be nocturnal than less intelligent individuals.”
In today’s culture, early morning hours tend to be appreciated, but we may have done the opposite; Maybe it’s midnight oil that should be burned instead.
This specific study, “Why night owls are smarter,” is based on their circadian rhythms and how they affect us (aka the clocks inside us that are biologically defined when we’re awake and asleep — which is what makes bats nocturnal and humans are day). Basically, we live every day because our night vision is not so good, which means that in the pre-artificial light age, our ancestors would be in grave danger after dark. That said, as the study tells us, “Humans have a unique ability to override the internal biological clock and its rhythmic output.” It’s a fairly safe assumption that the “nightlife” we engage in today is a relatively novel reality.
The researchers concluded that those who overwritten our biological clocks were smarter by taking personal samples and interviewing them — asking them questions about their sleep habits, morning routines, as well as taking a test to assess their intelligence. Of course, although more research is needed, these initial findings seem to suggest that people who stay up later at night have higher IQs.
Maybe “going to bed early” doesn’t matter.