Night Owls & Larks: Is There Really Such A Thing As A Morning Person?

Have you lived much of your life feeling amazed at people who can function before noon and fall asleep before midnight? In that case, you may belong to a relatively small category of people known as the night owls.

Night owls naturally stay up late into the night and feel most energetic in the afternoon and evening. On the other hand, Larks like to go to bed in the early evening, get up early, and feel most productive in the morning.

If you think you finally have a scientific excuse for sleeping in, you may be right, but not so fast! Keep in mind that most people are neither an owl nor a lark, but somewhere in between.

The percentage of people in each category varies by study. But the general estimate is that around 10-15% of people are night owls, 20-30% are larks, and 55-70% of people are in the intermediate category.

Some research suggests actual behavioural differences between the types. For instance, night owls are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and be less physically active. But, interestingly, they may also be more intelligent––contrary to the folk wisdom that says being early to bed and early to rise makes one.

Although these are not easy to separate, remember to consider whether it's your natural inclination or your lifestyle that's responsible for your sleep/wake patterns.

If you're lucky enough to have a holiday where your schedule isn't intervened upon by other obligations––that would be the best time to figure out your natural rhythm.

Be aware that researches on these variations are far from conclusive, so it's safest not to jump to conclusions. Remember that 7-9 hours of sleep every night for the most optimal for your health. Otherwise, listen carefully to your body to work out a schedule that feels best for you.

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