Viralthread.com | If I choose to sleep in all day, it often results in my girlfriend or family labeling me as a lazy, disgraceful and pathetic excuse for a human being.
Well, now they can ‘genius’ to that list too.
Yes, scientists have discovered that night owls and bed-dwellers are more likely to be more intelligent and more creative.
The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of research outlining all the positives of staying up late. There was a lot of interesting stuff, but two of the papers in particular focused on the benefits of sleep and its correlation to how smart you are and how creative you are.
The first study came from the University of Madrid, and examined the circadian rhythms (which is basically how an individuals changes with their 24 hour body clock) of around 1,000 teenagers. The teens were then categorised into night or morning people, and were required to carry out a series of tests.
After undergoing inductive reasoning – which is used to analyse general intelligence – the results showed that those who stayed up later, performed much better than those early-bird-worm-catchers.
Although, it should be noted that when it comes to school, early-risers perform better – but that is because school is in the morning.
So why are the nocturnal amongst us also the more intelligent? Well, the study offered the following explaination;
“One theory to explain the extra brain power of night owls is that intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal because in ancestral times any activities at night would have been novel and would, therefore, have been more likely to attract people with inquisitive minds.”
So it’s also no surprise then that all that curiosity and inquisitiveness results in a more creative individual.
The second study, published by the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, confirmed this, claiming that people who stayed up late are more likely to think of innovative ideas and approach the world with a more imaginative eye.
Professor Marina Giampietro, who led the study, said:
“Being in a situation which diverges from conventional habit, nocturnal types often experience this situation, may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”
So just to confirm, when I’m re-watching old episodes of Pokémon trolling through YouTube for school fight videos, I am in fact conducting groundbreaking research that will change our world for the better.
Sustainable energy is just a midnight snack away.
But remember, what your head does hit the pillow, it’s always best to sleep on you LEFT side.