As the well-known saying goes, who gets up early, God gives him. But do success in life and the thickness of the wallet really depend on what time of day we are most active? And is it possible to become happier simply by changing your chronotype? The MedAboutMe team decided to look into this difficult issue.
Lark? Pigeon? Owl?
Before answering this question, it is necessary to understand what these chronotypes are.
“Larks” — early birds. Their day starts around 6–7 am and ends around 10–11 pm. They are most active before lunch, after which they begin to be noticeably lazy and simply “sit out” until the end of the working day.
“Doves” are a kind of golden mean between “larks” and “owls”. They feel comfortable starting work from 10–11 o’clock, and work fruitfully throughout the day. They usually go to bed around midnight.
The Owls categorically deny getting up early. Before lunch, their performance indicators leave much to be desired. However, in the evening they are literally overwhelmed with energy, so much so that they go to bed much later than midnight.
At first glance, everything is obvious: the working time of the vast majority of organizations is between 7 and 19 hours, i.e. our world is tuned for larks, they have cards in their hands. However, if you “dig” more deeply, the results will not be so unambiguous.
Larks are more disciplined
The results of studies conducted back in 199 by De Paul University allow us to unequivocally state that among the “owls” there are much more procrastinators (those who like to put things off until the mythical “later”) and people with bad habits. They are much more likely to violate the internal work schedule and seek to avoid work that is not interesting for them. Larks on the contrary, they perform their duties more conscientiously, are not afraid of even difficult tasks and strive to do work collectively.
Owls are more productive
But, despite the foregoing, the best labor indicators turn out to be, paradoxically, precisely among the “owls”. They have much better developed logical thinking, memory, the ability to quickly switch between tasks, as well as the ability to do several things at once — in other words, all those qualities that are so highly valued by employers and have such a strong influence on the result of work.
Happy is he who is in his place
After analyzing the results of research in recent years, one can see that their results are very different, and sometimes even completely contradict each other. But if we rely on the arguments that scientists cite as evidence of their theories, it turns out that the magnitude of happiness does not depend on whether a person is a certain “bird” or not, but on how much his chronotype coincides with his lifestyle.
And the genius is the one who is not on his own
As for creative research, here, however paradoxical and ambiguous it may sound, the opposite is true. In 2011, a collegium of scientists from different cities published a study in the European Journal of Personality, from which it follows that most of the non-standard (winning) decisions come to a person during non-standard working hours. As the scientists themselves suggested, the best performance is due to the fact that the body falls into critical conditions for it. In the case of creative professions, this is a definite plus, while it will negatively affect the performance of the same type of work.
A few words about health and chronotypes
The conditions of the modern world are such that most people (in order to earn more, live better, or simply to have something to feed their children) form daily regime, not paying due attention to their own biorhythms. In the end, this results not only in the lack of success at work, but also in poor health. So an attempt to rebuild your natural chronotype leads to the fact that:
- “Larks” begin to fall into depression more often, their immunity weakens, and problems with the cardiovascular system appear. It is extremely difficult for them to adjust to a different rhythm of life. For early risers, routine is pretty much everything.
- “Owls” begin to suffer hormonal disruptions. In an effort to change their biorhythms, they risk getting diabetes, as well as some skin diseases, such as, for example, papillomas and psoriasis. That’s why owls the mode of life is changed extremely rarely, only in a state of extreme need.
- “Doves” experience psychological discomfort. However, it very soon fades away, and these “birdies” are rebuilt to the required rhythm without compromising their health.
As you can see, both those and other representatives of the “feathered squad” have their strengths and weaknesses. The world is constantly in motion, and it simply needs people with diametrically opposed biological rhythms. So divide larks, pigeons and owls on less and more productive it would be stupid. Do you agree? Not? Leave your thoughts on this in the comments, and we will be happy to continue the discussion.