Saturday , 24 July 2021
This Just In...
Home >> Genius Self >> Night Owl vs. Early Bird: Who’s Smarter?

Night Owl vs. Early Bird: Who’s Smarter?

night-owl-vs-early-birdAre you the kind of person who gets up early for a fresh start of the day or do you stay up late at night to finish your work? The Night Owl versus the Early Bird debate is rather an old one. But, new information has come to light with recent studies indicating that night owls tend to be more intelligent and have higher IQs than early birds. However, many people debate the findings and argue that people who stay up late at night have a rather unhealthy lifestyle. Well, in the name of spirited debate, let’s take a look at some important factors to determine which type is the smarter one.

Being an Night Owl

Pros:

  • Night Owls Are Intelligent – For the morning people, this may be a little tough to read. However, after considerable research on the intelligence of late-risers, it has been proved that night owls do have a higher IQ and prove to be more intelligent.
  • Night Owls Have More Stamina – Night owls can remain focused on tasks longer than people who wake up early in the morning. While early birds buckle under sleep pressure and leave their tasks for the morning, night owls stay alert long into the night and focus more on completing their tasks.
  • Night Owls are More Productive – Night owls require less sleep overall and also tend to have a sudden ‘burst’ of energy, when they hit their rhythm later on at night. This makes them overall more productive, than early birds.

Cons:

  • Night Owls are More Depressed – People who stay up late at night usually lack quality sleep, and suffer from ‘social jetlag’, which means they tend to socialize less, thus leading to depression. In short, you cannot be a night owl in an early bird world and not expect to feel down, tired and depressed.
  • Night Owls Are Emotionally Unstable – Night owls have an unhealthy sleeping routine and usually tend to more emotionally unstable than early birds. They are likely to have problems with eating disorders and addictions. Studies show night owls are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol than early birds.
  • Night Owls Struggle with Non-Work Activities – When it comes to non-work activities, night owls have to go through great struggle, and usually stay up during the day to do non-work activities, and pull all-nighters’ to do their own work.

Being an Early Bird

Pros:

  • Life Takes Place in the Day – Night owls may be more intelligent, but early birds have a much organized life. Why? Well, this is because everything takes place during the day, from school to college, to university, to work. And this gives early birds an advantage over their late-rising counterparts.
  • Early Birds are More Proactive – Recent studies show that morning people anticipate problems and try their best to minimize them, meaning they are proactive. Early birds are practical and are more likely to set goals and accomplish them, and have a clearer mind than night owls.
  • Early Birds are Healthier Overall – Early birds have a healthy and organized way of living. They are more likely to exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water, as compared to night owls. Early birds typically picture a life of good health and energy.

Cons:

  • No Sudden Burst Of Energy – Early birds don’t experience any burst of energy. They just have to go through the whole day with whatever rest or energy they gained. You will start out your morning with full energy but gradually start feeling drained, tired and sleepy.
  • Early Birds Need More Sleep – Early birds require lots of sleep. Without it they cannot carry out their daily tasks. This means they tend to take more naps than night owls.
  • Early Birds Do Not Complete Their Daily Tasks – Since early birds are likely to get completely drained by nighttime, they are unable to complete their daily tasks and usually leave their work for the next day.

Basic RGB

So, who’s smarter? Well, the question still remains unanswered as both types of people have their own built-in advantages and disadvantages. Yes, ‘built-in’ as more and more researchers are stating that the sleep preferences of each person are completely ruled by their genetics.

The Answer Is In Your Genes

Scientists found that variations to particular gene dubbed PER1 which is part of a group that affects circadian rhythms, are also affecting circadian timing.

Research indicates that 60% of today’s population has a variant called Adenine (A). 40% of today’s population houses a variant called Guanine (G). The A variant is responsible for waking up early so to speak. While this G variant, is responsible for preferring to wake up later.

Remember that each human carries a DNA double helix. This means that each of us has two sets of DNA chromosomes. This is what researchers concluded:

  • Early Birds: two As will be found in 36% of people
  • Night Owls: two Gs will be found in 16% of people
  • In Between: both A and G will be found in 48% of people

————-

Sources:

http://www.sleepjunkie.org/genetics-may-determine-if-you-are-a-night-owl-or-early-bird/

http://thejassyproject.blogspot.com/2012/01/early-bird-vs-night-owl.html

About Genius Awakening

Genius Awakening was created to lead people to a better understanding of self and others in order to navigate our world at a higher and more awakened level of being. Together we will explore the depths of consciousness in order to evolve beyond our current paradigms into a world of love, joy and peace. Oksana and Larry Ostrovsky are passionate guides of this space.
  • cornishfaerie

    Oh now THIS one is going to be REALLY fun!

    Re: “However, after considerable research”
    Generalisations are unhelpful and too broad for real statistical use.

    Re: “Night owls can remain focused on tasks longer than people who wake up early in the morning.”
    Ah, I see. So if a night owl were to get up at 3 or 4 like I do, they’d do fine would they? I don’t believe it. Even if it was true, there’s this tiny little problem here: it isn’t the time of day that matters – it is the number of hours.
    Re:”This makes them overall more productive, than early birds.”
    Same fallacy as above.

    Re:”People who stay up late at night usually lack quality
    sleep, and suffer from ‘social jetlag’, which means they tend to
    socialize less, thus leading to depression. In short, you cannot be a
    night owl in an early bird world and not expect to feel down, tired and
    depressed.”
    Funny. You’d think I’m a night owl then, seeing as how I’m reclusive and have a long history with mental health, mood disorder included, wouldn’t you? Besides that, be real, night clubs refer to night for a reason. And then there is the reverse as above, with your fallacy. They’re more focused yet they’re now more tired? Really? Didn’t you suggest the night owls have more stamina? As I put it: it is the amount of hours, not the time of day!
    Re:”Night owls may be more intelligent, but early birds have a much organized life.”
    Same thing. My life is hardly organised. And time awake still has nothing to do with intelligence. Generalisations yet again.

    Re:”morning people anticipate problems and try their best to minimize them,
    meaning they are proactive. Early birds are practical and are more
    likely to set goals and accomplish them, and have a clearer mind than
    night owls.”

    I do indeed anticipate problems. Because of intuition and with regards to other people, distrust and I mean beyond cynicism. Clearer mind again amuses me. While one can argue different definitions, the fact remains one definition is that one can think better/more easily with a clearer mind. Yet didn’t you suggest that night owls were smarter and more capable with energy/thinking?

    Re:”Early birds have a healthy and organized way of living.”

    As noted, I get up at 3 – 4. But I will reiterate that my life is anything but organised. And i have a lot of health problems.
    Re:”They are more likely to exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water”

    Exercise? Not really. Of course while it would be good I certainly don’t need it for weight (as I’m underweight). I do eat healthy (that is when I eat) and I drink water though certainly not as much as they often suggest.

    Re:”Early birds typically picture a life of good health and energy.”
    If it were not for the word typically I would have fun with this one too. Alas…

    Re: “Early birds require lots of sleep. Without it they cannot carry out their daily tasks.”
    Question: do you know what the equator is? Let me rephrase that: their day is earlier, that’s the only difference. Much like down under is way ahead of the north, hour wise, so too are early birds with hours in the day. That’s the only difference. It is often stated that most people don’t get enough sleep and hence the massive usage of stimulants. So with that logic, it is more like many don’t GET enough sleep (hour and quality)! So of course they need more. But it applies to night owls too.

    Re:”Since early birds are likely to get completely drained by nighttime,
    they are unable to complete their daily tasks and usually leave their
    work for the next day.”
    Right. Made a mental note of this so I stop completing my tasks in the day, sometimes early in the day. In addition, night implies not the day so the fact they stop for the night means they aren’t technically in the day, anyway.

    This was fun. Thanks Genius Awakening! I have a challenge for you: come up with another article that has as many fallacies and as many contradictions as this one. I am sure you can do it! Just don’t forget that you have to do it before you go to sleep!

    • americanscott

      ROFLMAO!! Thank you, you did the work for me. I had the exact same take on this article. As I was reading it, I kept having “what the hell?” moments. Personally, I am somewhere middle of the road between early bird and night owl, or at least I am more adjustable than most depending on what needs to be done or what is planned, but I typically feel more energized before noon. As far as intelligence, I am nearly 50 and have crossed a lot of paths and can honestly say that the least intelligent people I have ever met were the ones that were up all night. On that note, how does a tendency to smoke (restricting blood flow) and drink (killing brain cells) signal that one is more intelligent or that they would stay that way? Oy…

      • cornishfaerie

        Welcome. Glad you enjoyed it, too. I know I did! Arrogant as it is on my part, I quite enjoy mockery (perhaps it isn’t so arrogant as it is often more like satire.. though of course those at the rear end of it will often not take to it kindly – i.e. they take life far too seriously) here (okay, I admit it – else where too). I wake up and cannot get back to sleep and once it is a certain hour I might as well get up. But on the occasion I need to stay up late – e.g., concert – I manage fine. I don’t have that take on intelligence, though. I find it is more about how your brain works and – this is the big one – how willing you are to accept that you are not perfect. If you accept this fact, you can learn more.. better yourself and others. If you cannot accept this then you will remain ignorant and to remain ignorant when there is a way to learn… (and admit when you aren’t correct[1]) is in fact stupid (but I feel some have this desire to remain ignorant… odd as it may be). It is worse when you profess to be smart, knowledgeable, etc., and you still cannot accept when you’re right even if you are given evidence and you are trying to tell others you are right (or throwing them off on false leads). Everyone is wrong many times. Life goes on. There is truth to that saying that implies only a fool thinks himself smart (I think it is more like ‘wise’ but I think ‘smart’ is more accurate). Interestingly, understanding this makes you more wise. As for tobacco and alcohol… no real comment on intelligence but rather the bewilderment it causes me. Anyone my age or even younger (I’ll be 33 on Valentines day, a righteous curse that day is for a birthday.. ) really should know better than to start. I understand (to an extent) if it is in your family and it is all you know. But once started and addicted it really is another story entirely (and a battle of will and understanding exactly what addiction is and how to win).. but people that start because of “friends” (who don’t have your best interest in mind, i.e., not a real friend whether you think it or not!) or worse.. commercials (i.e., propaganda) … well it boggles the mind that they would still do it despite it being many years that they no longer suggest (example) tobacco is healthy (and quite the opposite!).

        Yes, there were a huge amount of logical paths being blockaded (more like: broken apart) in this article. That’s putting it a fair bit too nicely I think! But good: it makes for laughter and laughter is perhaps the most enjoyable thing around, at least for me!

        [1] how hard is it, really ? People really are too serious… I admit I have a very twisted, dark personality and sense of humour (including and indeed especially at myself), but still.. even compared to people who aren’t so amused… but still are less serious… these people need to get over it. Admit you’re wrong and move on (and if you have to rub it in to someone when you are right..then do it… with the warning that if you do this they’ll likely – and rightfully so – do it back to you, harder!).