The night owl problem: the surprising reason late sleepers are less happy

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Name: Night owl.

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Ages: They come in all ages.


Appearance: Tired and sad, at least when the rest of us see them.

What do you mean by the rest of us? early bird.

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I am not an early bird. I just wake up because my alarm goes off. Oh well, at least you’re happy.

I am not happy. I hate my job. You are somehow happier than night owls.

Who says? Science.

science who? Science under the guise of a Journal of Sleep Research article called The mediating role of perceived social support in the relationship between morningfulness and subjective well-being ,

I don’t even understand the title. The University of Warsaw study reinforces previous evidence that getting up early is positively related to reported happiness.

And don’t have to be a night owl? According to the study, “evening-oriented individuals show greater difficulties in self-regulation, accompanied by a reduced ability to process and control negative emotions.”

But why should this be the case? No one really knew for sure — it could be the extra daylight or better sleep patterns. But this new study suggests that another factor is at work.

What other factors? The belief that morning people receive – and experience – higher levels of social support from friends, family, and significant others.

Everyone likes an early riser. Or, more likely, they don’t like being late: Being lethargic and non-communicative in the mornings can elicit strong disapproval from parents of nervous teens.

This is prejudice, that is. It is also believed that morning people are better aligned with the schedule of many common social activities that take place during the day – school, work, etc.

Discrimination, pure and simple. it is quite possible. Joanna Gorgol, lead author of the study, said in a plea: “Neither chronology type is worse or better, it’s just that some people have a natural preference for going to bed and waking up early, while others prefer a later daily schedule.” We do.” understand.

If they teach chemistry at midnight, I might have another A-level to my name. More importantly, social support itself is a strong predictor of subjective well-being, which in turn can lead to better sleep.

Excuse me what? I was yawning too loud to hear you. No problem.

Say: “Getting up early and early to bed elevates your status in everyone’s eyes.”

do not say: “So I prefer to stay awake all night, and sleep in a coffin all day. Don’t judge me.”

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