Do You Sleep In Late? You May Have a Higher IQ

sleeping on a couch

Source: iStock

Sleeping late tends to be thought of as lazy or irresponsible, and some studies suggest that those who rise with the sun are the most motivated, productive, and successful people out there. That may be partially true, but it’s time to finally give some credence to the late sleepers of the world. If you tend to sleep later, there’s no need to feel guilty about it because new research says that you’re smarter and more creative for doing so.

According to research published in The Huffington Post, those who deviate from a normal sleep schedule tend to be more intelligent. This finding is supported by research that suggests that those who create new evolutionary patterns, compared to those that stick to the normal sleep patterns of rising early, are the most progressive thinkers. The study, conducted at the London School of Economics and Political Science, found a connection between intelligence and adaptive behaviors that are “evolutionarily novel,” meaning that they deviate from how our ancestors awoke earlier in the day, thus creating this evolutionary pattern that most of the world adheres to.

One of the study’s evolutionary scientists, Satoshi Kanazawa, concluded that “More intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who go to bed late and wake up late on both weekdays and weekends.”

The research makes a lot of sense. Those who are the first to change or seek out novelty are usually the most progressive and intelligent in a society. The research is further supported by a similar study out of the University of Madrid, published in the Smithsonian, that analyzed the sleeping patterns of 1,000 students. Researchers found that those who went to bed later, and consequently woke up later, scored higher on inductive reasoning tests that rate a person’s general intelligence.

While night owls may have a higher IQ than those who wake earlier, placing them in a better position for success, they also tend to be more creative, taking advantage of the night time. While early risers take advantage of the morning hours to do mundane activities like working out, drinking a nice cup of coffee, and getting to work early, late risers use the night time to create and invent something new.

Research reported in ABC Science confirms this through a study that was conducted by the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan, in which 120 participants were given a series of three tests measuring creative thinking. The participants were asked whether they were a night or morning person, with their completed activities from the administered tests scored on originality, elaboration, fluidity, and flexibility factors. The researchers found that “evening types aced each test based on these criteria, while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.” Lead author of the study, Marina Giampietro, believes that this creativity is bred from the “development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”

So, the next time you feel bad about your sleeping habits, remember that you’re a better person for it.

More from Health & Fitness Cheat Sheet: