Early Bird vs. Night Owl

Jackie - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 20 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 to 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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LaCi - posted on 11/17/2010

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"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."



Less reliable: Depends on whats going on, but I'd say yes, in many case I am unreliable. I forget things, I'm late (probably because I don't want to be awake to begin with, and I forget things), but I'm not unreliable in a careless sort of way. Just a forgetful way.



Emotionally unstable: not really. I'm pretty laid back.



Addictions, eating disorders, smoking and drinking: I do smoke, I used to drink, I've never been addicted to anything but cigarettes, and I did (still do, sort of) deal with an eating disorder.



Lower GPA: I have a 4.0, currently. Will drop when I get my B's this semester. However, I had a tendency to not go to class my first few years at college and my gpa plummeted, this because I didn't know what I wanted to do and I ran away from the issue rather than dealing with it (unreliable much?). Anyway, different college and perspective, great GPA.



Higher IQ: I've never been formally tested, but my cockiness makes me say yes. :x

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I just answered this on the Welcome page so here's my reply copied from there:

"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

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I got moderately morning. I do really bad work at night but i do my best problem solving in my head just before i go to sleep. I'm not a great morning person either. But i do mybest work at about 10am.

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I got a 13 which I would agree with. I am NOT a morning person. My mother will attest that I never have been. She always talks about how when I was a baby she had to do all her house work at night because that was when I was awake. When I had a flexible start time at my last job I came in at the absolute latest (or was often late. Oops) and I picked all my uni papers by the start time (so dedicated to learning am I). My current job has shifts and one starts at 7:15am. That is just TOO early for me and when I had to do them I just stood around like a zombie til about 9am. Not really a good thing when your job is in a daycare. LOL. I probably would have gotten a lower score had my love for sleep not been so high. I love sleep, it is my vice so I do go to bed earlier than other 'nightowls' I've known.

Re the IQ thing, well, it works in my favour so yes I agree LOL! My parents and my brother are morning people so I'll make sure to let them know that we tid bit the next time I feel like being a smart arse. I disagree with the other stuff though. I consider myself extrememly reliable, stable emotionally and my only addiction is sleep (or maybe COM LOL). I don't smoke and barely drink.

Ez - posted on 11/17/2010

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As for the IQ thing, I don't think it makes any difference. My IQ is high (top 10%) and I absolutely do NOT function at night time. I rarely even post on here at night because I can't think straight lol.

Ez - posted on 11/17/2010

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Amie, you are a night owl for sure! Who bakes at midnight? :-p

I scored neither, but I am much more of a morning person. I am up by 6.30am thanks to my 21mth old alarm clock, and in bed by 11 most nights. I am not productive at night.. never have been. At school and uni I always did my work in the mornings or day times.

Becky - posted on 11/17/2010

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I scored an 11, moderately evening person. I'm definitely a night owl - it's currently 11:30 p.m. and I'm still going strong! :)
I consider myself to be very intellegent! But more intellegent than morning people, no, I wouldn't say that. I can be unreliable sometimes - I'm often late and do forget things on occassion. Although I tend to blame both of those on having kids! I'm not emotionally unstable though, and I've never had addictions or an eating disorder. Well, maybe an addiction to chocolate!
Oh, and I'm very persistent and cooperative and got excellent grades in school. I used to do my papers at midnight and ace them.

Julie - posted on 11/17/2010

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I scored neither. But, I have been both in my lifetime. Sometimes, within a week of each other. I just kind of go with the flow and get my sleep when I can.

~Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2010

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I got a 10, but it doesn't really fit me.

I stay up all hours of the night, but I get up around 5:30 / 6 am regardless.....

I'm an anomaly.
=)

Johnny - posted on 11/17/2010

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As for the IQ thing, I'm not too sure. I know I did better in school than my college room-mate, who was definitely a morning person, but I'm not sure that was why. I loved to study at night. Papers that I wrote during the day I always got average grades on, but those I'd be up to 6am with, I always got very good marks. I did not like working overnight shifts though, but that might have had something to do with my day job at the time.

Johnny - posted on 11/17/2010

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I scored 17, neither type, although I do consider myself more of an evening person. I don't like to sleep in too late because it makes me drowsy through the day, so that probably altered my score. Night time is when I get most of my work done, I cook for the next day, clean, facebook (lol) and enjoy time with the hubby. I usually go to bed areound 12 am and get up at 7 am on a non-work day and 6:15 on work days. On the weekends, we often stay in bed until around 9am.

Bonnie - posted on 11/17/2010

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My score was 16 so I am on the boarder of neither type, but very close to moderately evening type. It makes sense to me. If I can get the extra sleep in the morning I will, otherwise if I don't get enough sleep I am crabby. I prefer to stay up later (if i'm not falling asleep on the couch lol) and sleep a bit later in the morning. Overall I know I am more of a night owl than an early bird, but I can get up at 7 and get ready for the day (mostly because I have to lol).

Leah - posted on 11/17/2010

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I got 'neither type' as well, which makes sense to me. I do prefer to get up early, however work until 12am most days, so you can see the conflict. My husband is for sure a night owl, always has been, always will be. I stopped trying to change that about him a while ago. We are who we are. As for being more intelligent...I'm not really sure if that's true...my husband is for sure more book smart than me but I am way better at using common sense or 'street smarts'.

Amie - posted on 11/17/2010

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I honestly don't see what IQ has to do with any of it. Some people work better at night, regardless of how smart they are. Some work better during the day.



My IQ ranks as very superior intelligence since it falls between 120-140. I don't think this has anything to do with whether or not I'm a night owl. When working, I actually find the earlier I go to bed the easier it is to function and focus. Well rested brain and all that.



Now if I had filled my mind with good stuff, instead of meaningless crap... my IQ would probably really shine. =D Oh except numbers... I can do math like nobody's business. LOL!

Rosie - posted on 11/17/2010

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i got neither type, and i totally agree. i don't like to stay up late, and i don't like to get up too late. did i miss where it says what that says about me?

LaCi - posted on 11/17/2010

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I'm a 10. Not surprising. I preferred working third shift and sleeping the morning( if I slept, I have insomnia issues), until I had Nico who is VERY much a morning person. Which sucks, a lot, for me. Thank the universe for melatonin.

Sarah - posted on 11/17/2010

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I got "neither type" too!

I think having the kids has totally changed my perception on this kind of thing. Back in the day, I would definitely have been an "evening type", I've always hated mornings.
However, since having the kids, I can't lie in bed all day, even if I could, it's like my body clock has been rewired! So even though I still HATE mornings, I've gotten used to them.

I find the middle of the day the easiest bit, so I guess that's why I scored "neither type" :)

Amie - posted on 11/17/2010

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Interesting. I scored neither type. LOL!

Though, there are a few here who can attest, I prefer staying up late at night. It's "me" time, kids are sleeping, my work is done for the day and I relax. I'm often up until 1 am.

However I have no problem getting up the next morning at 7:30 to get the kids ready for school and begin the day anew.

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