Back in the time of Benjamin Franklin, he quoted, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” But, there are some of us who don’t benefit from this saying. These individuals, called the Night Owls, are nocturnal persons who prefer carrying out their work or studies while burning the midnight oil.
While society has always opposed this lifestyle habit, according to recent research and findings, the tables might just turn for these individuals who love the night.
Here are four benefits of being an academic night owl that you can reap if you are a student and love to study during the night time
- Higher IQ
From the London School of Economics and Political Science, Researcher Satoshi Kanazawa has found evidence that shows night owls performing significantly better than early birds in various general intelligence tests. Utilizing this prowess to efficiently translate into higher grades is what a night owl must strive toward as school schedules are designed to cater to the early-bird notion.
- Higher levels of creativity
Since night owls get the freedom of the night to think and ponder, they happen to develop creative instincts and are more open to broader thinking. As per the research conducted at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, night owls spread their thinking in a very non-conventional and lateral-thinking sphere, thus, promoting performance and creativity.
- Self-development experts
Time is very constricted in an early-bird world as the day starts early and ends early, leaving those individuals with no much energy to take time off for themselves. On the other hand, a night owl will always have some time to spare to indulge in self-development activities as they aren’t the one going to bed early. With this time at hand, academics can be accompanied by personal skill development and even socializing.
- Always up and prepared to stretch the night
Another one of the benefits of being an academic night owl is the chance always to be prepared to take on additional homework, meet project deadlines without going low on energy, and to push the hours you can dedicate to studies.
While this article doesn’t discourage the lifestyle of an early bird, it simply dismisses attacks on the night owl routine, which may come almost naturally to few. Apart from the entire tug of war between these two different personalities, it is important to maintain a good routine of 7-9 hours of sleep every day. With that in place, you can pick and choose your preference and lead a successful academic life.