When it comes to your health, happiness, smarts, and more, science has shown in more ways than one that morning people have an advantage over night owls.
Whether you are or not, your body was designed to make you a morning person.
The moment that the sun rises, humans are supposed to wake up and also sleep when it’s dark outside. If you are one of those that doesn’t wake up early, your chronotype or the time you’re active is determined in large part by your genes, but it can be influenced.
Here are five advantages morning people have over others.
Morning People Are Thinner
When you get exposed to light can influence your weight. A research conducted by Northwestern University found that people who got most of their light exposure for the day in the morning had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who got most of their light later in the day.
This was independent of how active people were or the number of calories they consumed. Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance.
A lack of sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, could affect your internal body clock, which is known to alter metabolism and can lead to weight gain.
They Are Safer Drivers
Spanish researchers asked night owls to drive at 8 a.m. And they found that they performed worse and paid less attention than when they did the same driving simulation at 8 p.m. Morning people on the other hand performed consistently well during both times of day.
The reason deduced was that morning people tend to exhibit more detail-oriented, conscientious traits that may serve them well even when they’re driving at night.
Morning People Are More Proactive
One Harvard research found that morning people were more likely to agree with statements that reflect a go-getter mentality, such as “I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself” and “I feel in charge of making things happen.”
While evening people do have some advantages, other studies reveal they tend to be smarter and more creative than morning types, have a better sense of humour, and are more outgoing.
When it comes to business success, morning people are better. A number of studies have linked proactivity with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.