Night Owls Might Be Smarter, Richer, More Successful Than Early Birds

working late might be good

You’re heard the old expression “the early bird gets the worm?” A recent study shows that it might actually be the night owl who ends up with the most success after all.

“Late to bed, late to rise” may be the new formula for success, according to recent scientific tests. They showed that night owls showed more of the type of intelligence that is linked to career advancement, coveted jobs, and overall higher incomes.

Morning folks did tend to perform better in school, though researchers think that might have to do with the fact that school is usually early in, early out: The opposite of the night owl’s peak performance hours.

The University of Madrid performed research on nearly 1,000 teenagers, which involved school performance and inductive intelligence tests.

Roughly 25 percent of the teenagers were dubbed morning types, while 32 percent were night owls. The rest fit neither profile.

Night owls tended to do better than morning types when it came to inductive reasoning, which has been shown to be a good indicator of general intelligence and a strong predictor of academic performance.

But why do night owls seemingly have more brain power than their early-morning counterparts? One theory holds that intelligent people are more likely raised to be nocturnal in a way because night activities appeal more to folks with inquisitive minds.

Though night owls seemingly have the edge on their morning friends, there are a handful of health risks that go along with staying up past your bedtime. A recent study showed that night owls were particularly more susceptible to heart problems.

That study, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 58th annual Scientific Session in Orlando, found that men who went to bed past midnight had significantly more arterial stiffening (an early sign of heart disease) than those who went to bed before midnight. It doesn’t seem to matter if you get a full night’s sleep, either.

Success always comes at a price! Which are you? A night owl, or early to rise?