Too Smart to Sleep?

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True or false: Night owls have higher IQ’s then early birds? True. Although early birds do have a strong case for appearing more intelligent, this is because they are generally more put together and can adjust more easily to the 9-5 world. However, if you are someone who has trouble falling asleep, you’re in luck. Being a night owl is actually linked to being more intelligent. Night owls consistently score higher on general intelligence tests.

While early birds are more productive in the morning or early afternoon, night owls gain their second wind as the day goes on. This means that night owls can still have time for socializing or even preparing for the next day after a full work day. Rather than going right to sleep and jumping into the next day without a mental cool down, night owls can unwind and relax before falling asleep.

By the same token, night owls also wake up later than their early counterpart. Although you may be two ships passing in the night, don’t worry because night owls are still getting the required 8 hours of sleep. Also, you’re not alone in the wee hours of the night. Some famous night owls include former president Obama, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Elvis Presley.

However, it wasn’t always this way, if you go back before the 1800s, sleep was much different. Your ancestors slept in a way that we would find strange – they slept twice. First and Second sleep.

We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night. This range was about 12 hours long, and began with a sleep of 3 to 4 hours, wakefulness of 2 to 3 hours, then sleep again until morning.

An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for studying was between “first sleep” and “second sleep.” Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her “firste sleep.”

Although history shows that 2 sleeping were common, and science indicates that it is natural, there is no proof that it is better.  Also 2 sleeping needs a lot of darkness that we don’t get with modern technologies, such as iphones and street lights.

The one thing that science does tell us about getting a better night of sleep for both early birds and night owls,  comes down to being at the ideal temperature.

According to the Wall Street Journal

 “The role of temperature has gotten increased attention after a study published last year found sleep may be more tightly regulated by temperature than by light. What’s more, core body temperature, which tends to fluctuate by a few degrees over the course of the day, needs to drop to help initiate sleep.”

And according to Honest Mattress Review

‘Tanda …has the coldest sleep surface in the industry’

So if you want to sleep early, late, or even twice, sleeping cool on a Tanda can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

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