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Are You An Early Bird or a Night Owl?


Everyone is different, and we all have different sleeping patterns. When it comes to sleeping and waking however, there are two distinct chronotypes – commonly referred to as early birds (also called larks) and night owls.

Benjamin Franklin is famous for being an early riser, and he even prescribed his bedtime ritual for people that were lacking motivation. However, contrary to what Ben Franklin thought, night owls can be just as motivated and successful as early birds.

The only difference between night owls and larks might just be the time of the day they go to sleep and the time of day they wake up. Nonetheless, most people inaccurately believe that night owls are lazy individuals who lack motivation. In reality though, that is not the case. Rather night owls are simply more at ease in their surroundings at night time. The most common characteristic of a night owl is his or her dislike to wake up early in the morning. The snooze button on the alarm is more likely to be used by a night owl than an early bird.

For those of you that don’t know, the words early bird or lark are used to describe someone who wakes up early and goes to bed at a decent hour. A lark is a type of bird that thrives in the morning hours of the day. Like Ben Franklin, many people believe that early birds are the most motivated and successful individuals alive. However, that belief is completely untrue. Several scientific studies have shown that there are a few key differences between early birds and night owls.

A study conducted in Spain concluded that night owls are more likely to suffer from fatigue and frustration during the day. On the other hand, larks tend to be perfectionists. While the lark strategically plans his or her own life out, the night owl enjoys spending money on extravagant things. The scientific study also revealed that night owls like to indulge themselves with novelty items. Could these key differences in personality really be linked to sleep patterns? Well, it seems that way, and there is science to back it up. However, there are several other interesting differences between the two chronotypes that are worth noting.


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