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Why Night Owls Shouldn't Force Themselves To Become Morning People

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Unfortunately, he was wrong. Studies have shown that neither morning people nor night owls are healthier, wealthier or wiser than their counterpart. It’s estimated that some 50% of the population isn’t really morning or evening-oriented, but somewhere in the middle. If, however, you’re a night owl thinking that it might make you more successful to become a morning person, don’t set your alarm for 5am just yet. As it turns out, overhauling your sleep times may not have much effect. That’s because our internal clock is mainly biological. Night owls tend to have a longer circadian cycle, while morning people have a shorter one. Your preference does change as you age, leaning more towards morning at around age 50. So, if you’re a night owl and waking up at dawn is not a guarantee that you’ll become a CEO, hit the snooze on any major changes to your schedule.