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The Early Bird Gets the Worm [POLL]

Throughout my high school and college career I always considered myself to be an early bird. If I had an assignment that was due, or a test that I needed to study for I would have much rather set an alarm for 4am, than stay up until 2am. I always felt that I was much more productive in the early hours of the morning after a good night’s rest. After producing the Late Night Show with Ray Rossi my body has switched from being an early bird to a night owl. Although it was an adjustment my body clock has naturally adjusted to the night and I found myself running away from the early morning sun like vampire.

A recent study has shown that early birds live a happier more productive life than night owls. A survey consisted of 435 adults ages 17 to 38 and 297 adults ages 59 to 79. The results of this survey showed that by age 60 the majority of people rather get an early start than stay up late.

“We found that older adults reported greater positive emotion than younger adults, and older adults were more likely to be morning-type people than younger adults,” Biss said. “The ‘morningness’ was associated with greater happiness emotions in both age groups.”

One reason that is believed that early risers tend to have a happier out look on life than night owls is a concept known has “social jet lag.” Social jet lag appears when a person’s natural body clock is out of sync with their social clock. The majority of the world revolves around the schedule of the early riser. Because of this, a lot of times night owls have no choice but to conflict with their body clock to wake up for work, school, or anything else necessary to attend during typical business hours.

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