New research has revealed that sleeping in might not be a luxury you need feel guilty about—rather, it might mean you are more intelligent, creative and happy.
The study “Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent” illustrates that being in control of when you go to sleep and wake up is a sign of intelligence. The snooze button is a relatively new invention and is something that evolution has not prepared us for. Being able to hit snooze and adapting to this new way of living and sleeping means you’re more intellectual, according to authors Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina.
Ignoring the rule of getting up as soon as your alarm sounds — acting on what your body needs instead — means you are more likely to follow your ambitions and tackle your problems yourself. Kanazawa and Perina argue this makes you more creative and independent.
The scientific report is supported by a similar study undertaken by the University of Southampton, which looked at the socioeconomic situations of 1,229 people in correlation with their sleeping patterns. It showed that those people who went to bed after 11 p.m. and got up after 8 a.m. earned more money and enjoyed a happier lifestyle.
Despite the fact your creative, intelligent mind may be blossoming during those morning sleep-ins, too much sleep is not advised either. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours sleep per night to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
But you can rest easy knowing you won’t be deemed lazy or undisciplined when you sleep in on the weekends.