Why night owls are more creative

There are many assumptions that sleeping late and waking up late would equate to laziness.
This may apply to some, but for most, it may be related to people who are night owls, hence the lateness of waking up. Although waking up late may not typically be a positive thing and is usually not encouraged (at least not from where I know). There are studies that have shown waking up late to be a good thing and a factor of boosting one’s creativity. Read on to see if these apply to you.


You stress less
Late risers are less stressed throughout the day and have a better mood when they work, hence enhancing the the creative juices to flow more freely.

Freedom of creativity
People who work late also have the freedom to think deeply and expand their creativity while producing quality work without feeling judged by their work- since more people would be sleeping at the time that night owls work.

More focus
As you work later in the day, you are less likely to be rushed or interrupted by other people trying to distract you- which in turn gives you more time to focus on your creative work or your late night research.

Mentally alert for longer
Night owls tend to perform much better than early birds on tasks even after being awake for the same amount of hours in the day. A study by the University of Liege in Belgium found that “10.5 hours after waking up, the early birds had lower activity in brain regions linked to attention and the circadian master clock, compared to night owls.”

There are also other researches conducted about boost in creativity benefited from being a night owl. According to an article published by the Huffington Post, Researchers from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan found that night people are more likely to develop original and creative solutions to problems than morning people. Marina Giampietro, the lead author of the study, hypothesizes that night owls might be more creative because staying up late “may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”

When is the best time you come up with the best ideas? Day or night, let me know in the comments below!


Photography by Ross Vickers


1 Comment

  1. Tiana
    April 14, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I find this all to be true


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