Do you need to wake up early to be successful?

Bridgette Hall, Human Resources Online
February 6, 2018


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“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” said Ben Franklin. While many famous business men and women seem to adhere to this, it begs the question, “Do you really need to be an early bird to be more successful in life?”

In a research study by BBC, the results showed about a quarter of the people preferred to rise early, while a quarter preferred to stay up late. The middle 50% were somewhere in between.

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Interestingly though, the split in early versus late risers seems to show a correlation between left brain (analytical and cooperative) and right brain (imaginative and individualistic) thinkers.

Although early risers tend to be more determined and plan for the future, studies show that nighttime people perform better when it comes to memory, are more creative and in one study showed them to be wealthier than morning people.

Now, before you go changing your sleep and work patterns, it is important to note that changing your body’s natural patterns can be damaging to cognitive functioning and your general health.

“‘If people are left to their naturally preferred times, they feel much better. They say that they are much more productive. The mental capacity they have is much broader,’ says Oxford University biologist Katharina Wulff, who studies chronobiology and sleep speaking to the BBC. On the other hand, she says, pushing people too far out of their natural preference can be harmful.

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