Whom to be better: an owl or a lark?

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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 Healthy­in­fo 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.

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“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.

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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.

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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:

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    “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.

By Yraa

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