Early Bird vs. Night Owl

Jackie - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I thought this was very interesting. I scored a 27 which means the I have "morningness". Which I find is fairly accurate. Jon (my BF) has "eveningness" which I find is fairly accurate as well. He is a drinker but I think he may be a tad smarter than I. Don't tell him I said that. Does this fit your personality type or do you totally disagree? What do you score?

New York – Recent evidence shows that people who thrive at night have higher IQs. Early risers beg to differ

Are you the type who stays up late to finish your work, or do you get up early to make a fresh start on the day? If it's the former, you may be pleased to learn new research has found that those with higher IQs tend to be nocturnal night-owls. But if it's the latter, you might have good reason to distrust the claim. Here's an instant guide:

Is there solid science behind this finding?
Sleep researchers tend to divide people into two groups, explains zoologist Robert Alison in the Winnipeg Free Press, based on whether they exhibit "morningness" or "eveningness." A recent study claims that eveningness is an evolutionary advancement that marks out "more intelligent individuals," while "those with lower IQs tend to restrict their activities primarily to daytime."

How can that be?
Researchers from the London School of Economics say that human beings used to all be day-oriented, and that eveningness is an "evolutionarily novel preference" made by people with "a higher level of cognitive complexity." Basically, smart people evolve to stay up later.

I want to get more intelligent. Can I just start staying up late?
It isn't that simple. Several studies have shown that your sleep preferences are at least 50 percent genetic, and that your chronotype — that is, the time of day you are at your physical and mental peak — changes with your age. Generally speaking, "eveningness" peaks in the late teens and early 20s.

Are there any downsides to "eveningness"?
Night owls tend to be less reliable, more emotionally unstable, and more likely to have problems with addictions and eating disorders, according to a 2008 study by psychologist Marina Giamnietro. They are also more likely to drink alcohol and smoke, says Dutch psychiatrist Walter van den Broek at his Dr. Shock blog. Another study found that undergrad "evening types" had lower GPAs than those who awake early in the morning.

Is there any advantage to being a morning person?
Early risers tend to be more conscientious, persistent, and apt to cooperate, says van den Broek, a self-described morning person. They also "cope better with academic requirements and receive better grades." And when you think about it, adds Ace Burpee in the Winnipeg Free Press, "there are no sayings about late birds getting some sort of way better tasting worm."

Which am I?
If you're unsure, this test will tell you where you fit on the morningness-eveningness spectrum.



Read each question carefully. Select the most appropriate answer and note the corresponding value next to it.

1. If you were entirely free to plan your evening and had no commitments the next day, at what time would you choose to go to bed.?

2000hrs - 2100hrs..... 5
2100hrs - 2215hrs..... 4
2215hrs - 0030hrs..... 3
0030hrs - 0145hrs..... 2
0145hrs - 0300hrs..... 1


2.You have to do 2 hours physically hard work. If you were entirely free to plan your day, in which of the following periods would you choose to do the work?

0800hrs - 1000hrs..... 4
1100hrs - 1300hrs..... 3
1500hrs - 1700hrs..... 2
1900hrs - 2100hrs..... 1


3. For some reason you have gone to bed several hours later than normal, but there is no need to get up at a particular time the next morning. Which of the following is most likely to occur?

Will wake up at the usual time and not fall asleep again.....4
Will wake up at the usual time and doze thereafter............3
Will wake up at the usual time but will fall asleep again......2
Will not wake up until later than usual...............................1


4. You have a 2 hour test to sit which you know will be mentally exhausting. If you were entirely free to choose, in which of the following periods would you choose to sit the test?

0800hrs - 1000hrs.....4
1100hrs - 1300hrs.....3
1500hrs - 1700hrs.....2
1900hrs - 2100hrs.....1


5. If you had no commitments the next day and were entirely free to plan your own day, what time would you get up?

0500hrs - 0630hrs.....5
0630hrs - 0745hrs.....4
0745hrs - 0945hrs.....3
0945hrs - 1100hrs.....2
1100hrs - 1200hrs.....1


6. A friend has asked you to join him twice a week for a work-out in the gym. The best time for him is between 10pm - 11pm. Bearing nothing else in mind other than how you normally feel in the evening, how do you think you would perform?

Very well................1
Reasonably well......2
Poorly.....................3
Very poorly.............4


7. One hears about 'morning' and 'evening' types of people. Which of these types do you consider yourself to be ?

Definitely morning type......... .................6
More a morning than an evening type......4
More an evening than a morning type......2
Definitely an evening type.... ..................0
Now add the scores together to get your total and compare your total score with the table below to get an idea of your Chronotype:

Morningness - Eveningness Scale

Definitely morning type ..........32 - 28
Moderately morning type .......27 - 23
Neither type ..........................22 - 16
Moderately evening type........15 - 11
Definitely evening type............10 - 6


SOURCE: news.yahoo.com

http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/health2258....

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"Sleep researchers tend to divide people into two groups, explains zoologist Robert Alison in the Winnipeg Free Press"

I think it's kinda funny that a zoologist is commenting on human behavior lol I always KNEW we were just animals lol

I also scored a 10 and it's definitely true that I am a night owl. Since childhood, I've always been more able to function later in the day and well into the evening. In high school, if I missed class it was always the first few of the day. It's like I come alive at night. I've always worked jobs (with the exception of a few) that allowed me to sleep late and stay up late. I'll take a second shift over a first shift any day. It wasn't until I had my son 3 years ago that I became a morning person....but it's definitely not by choice. Most days I'm ready for bed by 9pm, which I still find annoying and it just doesn't feel "right" to be that tired that early. Hell, even on days when I stay up late, late is midnight-ish and even THAT's early to me. About the personality traits being accurate? Well, I don't know if it's true that night owls are more intelligent. I think we all have built in day / night cycles and I don't see how one would promote more intelligence than the other. If anything, being a night owl definitely didn't help me in school because all of the tests were during the day, when I was at my most "useless". And about the downside to "eveningness"? Well some of that for me is accurate, some not so much.

"Night owls tend to be less reliable, more emotionally unstable, and more likely to have problems with addictions and eating disorders, according to a 2008 study by psychologist Marina Giamnietro. They are also more likely to drink alcohol and smoke, says Dutch psychiatrist Walter van den Broek at his Dr. Shock blog. Another study found that undergrad "evening types" had lower GPAs than those who awake early in the morning."

I'm as reliable as they come and I don't make any commitments I can't keep. I have been known to be emotionally unstable (depressed) throughout my life and I am also a former drug addict. I've never had an eating disorder but I do drink alcohol on occasion and I also smoke. I think studies like this are interesting, but also, they can be a little like horoscopes. You can find pieces of yourself in just about anything. I have some of the traits of daytime people as well, I just don't have them too early in the morning lol

Jackie - posted on 11/17/2010

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Jenn - Do you agree with the I.Q. findings and what that is supposed to say about your personality?

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