If you’re one of those people who regularly sleeps in and hits the snooze button as many possible times as you can before finally getting up, then there’s some good new for you: you’re likely to be more intelligent, more creative and happier than someone who jumps out of bed straight away in the morning. Whilst I would argue that this is pretty obvious anyway (you’re only going to get up straight away if you’ve really got to prove something to other people, and that’s an underlying characteristic of inherent sadness), a bunch of scientific studies have seemingly proved this as well.
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Firstly, authors Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina argue that we are far better adapted to living like our ancestors, which means going to bed early and getting up early. As such, they reason that anyone who can deal with the intrinsically modern invention of the snooze button is highly adaptable to life in the 20th century and therefore more intelligent. Yeah, not really sure if I’m buying that one to be honest.
The next theory sounds a bit more realistic: the University of Southampton compared the socio-economic circumstances of 1229 men and women with their sleeping habits and discovered that those who went to bed after 11pm and got up after 8am were generally said to have more income and a more comfortable lifestyle in general. This also leads back to a correlation mentioned by Kanazawa and Perina:
If we learn to listen to our own body’s needs and not to the hard and fast rules of our clocks, we are more likely to pursue our own passions and find our own solutions to problems, making us more creative, independent and happier.
Again, not sure if that theory is necessarily true but the University of Southampton’s study seems to back it. Basically don’t feel guilty about sleeping in and hit that snooze button as much as you like. Backed hard.
If you actually want to get up though, check out this ejector seat bed designed for people who just can’t get out of bed. Won’t catch me in one of those.