jump to navigation

What A Hoot! November 12, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor.

170px-alice_par_john_tenniel_30Some of us are Night Owls, ready to rock when the Early Birds in our lives are ready to roost.

Before hitting the hay, Early Birds may toss out that familiar adage, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” in a futile effort to encourage Night Owls to retire too.

Ben Franklin’s oft-repeated words have been  circulating for more than two centuries now, but was he right in his assessment of the situation?

Someone who “calls it a night” and retires early may be healthier and wealthier than someone who dances the night away . . . but are they wiser?

Not necessarily.

Recent research indicates that Night Owls, not Early Birds, have higher IQs and intelligence overall.

Night Owls are Wise Owls . . . not Dodo Birds.

What a Hoot!

The downside?

Night Owls are prone to addictions and mental instability . . . tending to substantiate the health and wealth portions of Ben’s life equation.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away . . . does that include psychiatrists?

Related Article:  Night Owls vs. Morning People ~ Who’s Smarter?

* * *

After posting this, I checked my e-mails and found a Christmas ad titled:  Night Owl & Early Bird Specials. 

Stores don’t discriminate . . . encouraging ALL BIRDS to feather their nests.


1. souldipper - November 12, 2010

My challenge – I love staying up at night, I love the morning and I love at least 7 hours of sleep. Where’s Ben when I need him? 🙂

nrhatch - November 12, 2010

If I don’t get enough sleep, especially for a few days running, I’m as dense as a door post.

An “early bird” reviewing this research argued that the IQ test must have been given mid-afternoon . . . instead of first thing in the morning. 😉

2. Cindy - November 13, 2010

Not sure what to make of this, will have to consult with the neighborhood rooster and get back to you …

nrhatch - November 13, 2010

For years the “roosters” in my life looked askance at my predilection for staying up late and sleeping in . . . using Ben’s words to punctuate my perceived “weakness of character.”

This research substantiates what I’ve intuitively known all along . . . WE ARE NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL! 🙂

3. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 13, 2010

I am such a night owl!

nrhatch - November 13, 2010

Me too. When I don’t have a timetable to follow, I’m not an early riser . . . and I don’t generally get sleepy until long after midnight.

4. Chad - November 14, 2010

I get up around 7 or 8 p.m. most days and go to bed after noon (or earlier if I’m tired.) So, am I rising and bedding really late, or really early?

nrhatch - November 14, 2010

Don’t let worrying about it keep you awake all day. 😉

5. aardvarkian - November 14, 2010

TooWitTooWoo 🙂

nrhatch - November 14, 2010


What Say YOU?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: