Scientifically proven: Night owls are smarter and more good looking. Early risers are big pansies.

After 10 hours of being awake, the early birds showed reduced activity in brain areas linked to attention span, compared with the night owls. The early risers also felt sleepier and tended to perform tasks more slowly, compared with the night owls, when their level of alertness was measured.

“The results suggest that night owls generally outlast early birds in the length of time they can be awake without becoming mentally fatigued,” the study concluded.

Just kidding. But interesting research nonetheless! I think this makes sense, though -- I tend to a waking-up-at-noon / sleeping at 4am to 6am sort of schedule, and it seems to be my most natural schedule.

I find that around 2am or so, often I'm so engaged in something that I have no interest in sleeping. Part of the beauty of working on a startup is being able to work at your most optimal hours. If i'm on a roll, I can keep going til dawn. If I'm not, I'll turn in, and wake up refreshed and ready to rock.

If I was an early riser, I have to go to sleep even when I might have something left in the tank. And I just don't feel like that's a good use of my limited time on this planet.

Hat tip Kenshi Arasaki



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Love this. I'm a night owl!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one who taps into the inner body-clock / creativity cycles - with success. Sometimes there's something to be said for applied discipline too. Would be interesting to compare results over a longer period. Love your posts, -C
I know startups don't leave much time for excessive book reading, but I've been finding the book Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body to be utterly fascinating. She also touches on the night owl/early bird rhythm and productivity differences.
I feel that the future of mankind could be one where everyone has his own startup, in the sense that everyone has something that others want, and so make his own schedule and live an optimal life according to his own cycles :)
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I can completely relate to this. It's not enough that I say to people, "I'm not a morning person." I should just link them to this, and say, "Here. This is why your brain shuts down early and can't keep up."
P.S. Nice banner.

I tingle with anticip........a...tion. Can't wait for themes (and CSS, please? please? please, with sugar on top?) to be implemented on Posterous.. ;)


A "preview" option prior to publishing would be super. :)

Here, here. I'm a sleep at 2am and up at 9am kinda guy.
Teenagers and college students have a night owl sleep pattern. Older people (i.e. Ben Franklin) tend to be early risers.
That was a fun read. I lapse between the two types. p.s. I'll be an alpha tester!
I've been one of those early risers and early sleepers most of my life. While I would agree that the night owls can active for a longer stretch of time, I also find that I am more productive than the night owls in the longer run.

Of course, I've got no research to prove that either ;-)

Hmmm.. what does this mean for those of us who are up before dawn and cranking work out until well past midnight. Tired but devastatingly handsome?
While I would agree that the night owls can active for a longer stretch of time, I also find that I am more productive than the night owls in the longer run.Benefits of Military Loans
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