Society—or it might be just Hollywood—makes it seem like sleeping in is an eye-roll-worthy trait of the young and the lazy. In movies and TV shows, that late-morning napper’s either recovering from a party or just has absolutely nowhere to be. But what they don’t show is that the snoring “slacker” is likely the smartest and most creative one in the gang.
As it turns out—thanks to…SCIENCE!—those night owls shouldn’t be catching slack, like at all. According to the University of Madrid researchers who analyzed the sleeping patterns of 1,000 students, those primetime late-evening folk (who later sleep in) score higher on inductive reasoning tests, compared with the early-bird crowd.
There was a similar study by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. In it, researchers asked 120 men and women to determine if they were more of a morning or night person. Then the participants took three creative thinking tests, with the team scoring them on originality, elaboration, fluidity and flexibility factors. The result was this: “Evening types aced each test based on these criteria, while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.”
The study’s leader, Marina Giampietro, said this was because creativity comes from “development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions,“ ultimately meaning that early birds might be more productive, but night owl are more creative.
So the next time someone tells you to get up, roll over and bark that you’re a artistic genius, and go back to bed. They can’t argue with science. It’s science.