“Night owls” have something to celebrate these days. Some say that people who work later in the evening or who simply stay up late binging on YouTube are more creative and even smarter than their morning larks counterparts.
Now, it seems that all those nights come at a price.
A UK University conducted a recent study, and it asked 433,268 participants with ages between 38 to 73 if they consider themselves night owls or “morning larks.”
Staying up late increases the risk of premature death
All the deaths in the sample were tacked up to six and a half years later. The study revealed that people who liked to stay up late, unfortunately, had a 10% higher risk of premature death.
Kristen Knutson who is the author of the study concluded that “Night owls trying to live in a morning lark world may have health consequences for their bodies.”
“The scientists adjusted for the expected health problems in owls and still found the 10 percent higher risk of death”, according to Science Daily.
Here’s a potential solution for night owls
It seems that those who hate early mornings are in for quite a pleasant surprise. Malcolm von Schantz who is a professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey suggested that “We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical.”
There is also enough research that suggests that our internal time-keeping system would keep on going even if we were removed from the world and be placed in a dark cave.
So, one option seems to be to ask our bosses for flexible hours while showing them mounting scientific evidence that suggests that a flexible schedule is much more productive. You can show your boss, Forbes’ article because it’s just what it takes to convince them.