Night owls vs Early birds:

  • A night owl is a person, who regularly stays awake and active at night and wakes up late. An early bird is a person, who goes to bed early and wakes up in the early morning.
  • This classification system based on a sleep schedule is called a chronotype. There are actually four chronotypes – Lions (morning persons), Bears (most active from late morning through the early afternoon), Wolves (Late-night sleepers – they are most active in the evening hours), Dolphins (Alertness and brain activity increases at night time).
  • The sleep-wake cycle depends on circadian rhythms, which are part of the body’s internal clock. So, sleep patterns are influenced by genetics.
  • Even though the early-bird chronotype is glorified and promoted by many successful people, both night owl and early bird categories have the same potential to be productive and to become successful.
  • But society runs according to the morning person type. For example, most of the schools, colleges, offices start by 9 am, which is in favour of early birds. So, that results in a lack of sleep for night owls and hence they tend to feel tired throughout the day. This is the reason several late-night sleepers suffer from sleep deprivation and that leads to mental health issues such as mood disorders anxiety and depression. So, early birds are happier than night owls.
  • There is less chance of physical activity for night owls due to not having enough time to exercise.
  • As many offices are now offering flexible work schedules, night owls can better balance their work and sleep.
  • Due to the changes in body chemistry, our chronotypes change throughout our lives.
  • Sleep patterns can be modified but the change should be done in increments. For example, if you wake up at 6 am, you can move it an hour backwards and can wake up at 5 am for a few days to get used to the new sleep pattern.
  • It is important to understand our circadian rhythm so that we can utilize our best times of the day for productivity and also can schedule our day to have sufficient sleep.
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Conclusion:

Morning persons are called early birds and late-night sleepers are called night owls. Our sleep patterns mostly depend on our circadian rhythms, which are part of the body’s internal clock. It is important to understand our circadian rhythm so that we can utilize the best hours of our day to improve productivity.

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5 Comments

  • Hemant, May 23, 2022 @ 10:36 am Reply

    i liked the blog

    • Team GD Ideas, May 23, 2022 @ 3:14 pm Reply

      Thank you Hemant.

  • Aayushi Mahna, Jan 28, 2022 @ 11:35 am Reply

    According to me the comparison of individual based on there sleeping pattern is certainly not correct because both individuals would be equally productive. The only difference is the time of the day. Now with organization offering alternative working arrangement people can choose the time to work according to their biological clock. This would be ultimately beneficial for both organisation and workforce and they both are at advantage and it is a win-win situation.

  • vik, Dec 31, 2021 @ 2:55 pm Reply

    i am a night owl and i am trying to become an early bird. According to the text, people tend to start to work in the early morning. I could spend time for myself about listening to music, watching movie, playing game, etc, thousands of things that i can’t during working. everyone wants to enjoy their own time. however, poor those who must wake up late to finish the deadlines. as a night owl, i think we need to have a clear plan about our day, between work and rest, you also have to be strict to yourself. if you can follow the plan, you will be blissful about it but it has disadvantage for sure, you must do those things in exact time that you planned, you can’t do anything else. you struggle to decide to do something prior, but you can change it based on the situation. however, don’t abuse so much because it will make you ignore your plan anytime.

  • Neelesh Kumar, Dec 30, 2021 @ 12:21 am Reply

    Early Birds

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