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It’s widely viewed as more socially acceptable and to get up with the sunrise and start your work long before noon. The presumption is that people who follow this pattern are destined for greater success—a sentiment often expressed in the idiom “the early bird gets the worm.”
However, if you’re a later riser and can be found working away long after some of your peers are in bed, you may feel a bit annoyed by this assumption and want to defend the claim that you needn’t be a morning person to go far in life.
Want to settle the debate once and for all? This AsapSCIENCE video is here to expose the truth. Firstly, it’s important to note that the praising of morning people is probably not entirely fair, as there is good evidence that being a morning person or a night owl is actually largely a matter of genetic predisposition. As you’ll find out, there’s even an evolutionary story for why this variation exists.
Secondly, you’ll find some of the exciting advantages and troubling disadvantages associated with each type of person. For example, morning people are more likely to get good university grades and are less likely to develop certain diseases. On the flip-side, night owls are typically a lot more creative and have neurological properties that might even lead to greater financial gain.