Morning Types Crash Faster Than Night Owls, Study Says

The early bird may get the worm, but there's something to be said about burning the midnight oil. In fact, according to a new study, staying up later and longer may increase alertness and productivity more than being an early riser.

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According to the study as reported by Scientific American:

An hour and a half after waking, early birds and night owls were equally alert and showed no difference in attention-related brain activity. But after being awake for 10 and a half hours, night owls had grown more alert, performing better on a reaction-time task requiring sustained attention and showing increased activity in brain areas linked to attention.

Of course we wouldn't be surprised if another study were to come along touting the opposite conclusion, so it's worth taking this news with a grain of salt, but the post is an interesting addition to the early bird versus night owl discussion. If you're looking to find your peak performance time, check out our previous post on the best times morning people and night owls should get work done.

Early Risers Crash Faster Than People Who Stay Up Late [Scientific American]


    I usually wake up at 4pm on the dot (naturally), maybe earlier if there are classes (via alarm). And I sleep at around 9 or 10am. Maybe noon. If I try to sleep earlier, I'll still end up waking at 4pm or so, so there's really no point in sleeping earlier for me.

    If I try to sleep 'early' at night, say 8pm, I *always* wake up at midnight. On the dot. And it messes up my sleep hours even more. (I usually end up getting sleepy at noon and have to go to sleep)

    I have a theory. It's the sun that makes us night owls sleepy, not fatigue.

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