The night owl problem: the surprising reason late sleepers are less happy | Life and style
Name: Night owls.
Age: They come at all ages.
Appearance: Tired and miserable, at least when the rest of us see them.
What do you mean by us? Early risers.
I am not an early riser. I just wake up because my alarm clock is ringing. Well, at least you’re happy.
I am not happy. I hate my job. You are happier than the night owls, anyway.
Who says? Science.
Sciences who? Science in the form of a Journal of Sleep Research article titled The Mediating Role of Perceived Social Support in the Relationship Between Morning-Evening and Subjective Well-Being …
I don’t even understand the title. The study, from the University of Warsaw, strengthens previous evidence that being an early riser is positively related to reported happiness.
And isn’t being a night owl? “Evening-oriented individuals have greater difficulties with self-regulation, as well as a reduced ability to process and regulate negative emotions,” according to the study.
But why should it be? No one really knew for sure – it could be extra daylight or better sleep patterns. But this new study suggests that another factor is at work.
What other factor? The idea that morning people receive – and perceive – higher levels of social support from friends, family and loved ones.
Everyone loves early risers. Or, more likely, they don’t like delays: being slow and uncommunicative in the morning can elicit strong disapproval from, say, parents of groggy teenagers.
It’s a prejudice, that’s what it is. It is also believed that morning people are better aligned with the schedules of many common social activities – school, work, etc. – which take place during the day.
Pure and simple discrimination. It’s entirely possible. “No type of chronotype is worse or better, it’s just that some people have a natural preference for going to bed and getting up early, while others prefer a later daily schedule,” the author said. Study principal Joanna Gorgol in a conspiracy plea.
If they taught chemistry at midnight, I might have another bac in my name. More importantly, social support is itself a powerful predictor of subjective well-being, which in turn can lead to better sleep.
Sorry what? I was yawning too loud to hear you. No matter.
Say: “Going to bed early and getting up early improves your posture for all to see. “
Do not say : “So I like to stay awake all night and sleep all day in a coffin. Do not judge me.