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Night owl

Historical Evolution and Cultural Shifts: – Staying up after dark was historically viewed negatively until the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. – The development […]

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Historical Evolution and Cultural Shifts:
– Staying up after dark was historically viewed negatively until the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe.
– The development of artificial lighting altered perceptions about staying up late.
– Introduction of stimulants like chocolate, coffee, and tea contributed to the societal shift.
– Late-night cafes became a cultural phenomenon, especially among the royal and upper social classes.

Characteristics and Traits of Night Owls:
– Night owls typically stay awake past midnight, with some preferring night shifts.
– They may struggle with adapting to traditional daytime working hours.
– Studies suggest that night owls may exhibit higher levels of intelligence and creativity but may have unhealthier habits.
– The prevalence of the night-owl pattern is higher among men, and they are more likely to be single.

Factors Influencing Night Owl Tendencies:
– Night owl tendencies exist on a spectrum influenced by genetic predisposition, age, environment, and lifestyle.
– A survey found that chronotypes follow a normal distribution, with extreme morning and evening types existing on the spectrum.

Career Opportunities for Night Owls:
– Night owls excel in careers that do not require early mornings, such as in restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, and retail.
– They may find suitable roles in emergency services, transportation, or round-the-clock facilities.
– Some industries, like hospitals, require staff round the clock, offering opportunities for night owls.

Psychological Aspects and Notable Individuals:
– Some studies suggest that night owls may possess dark triad traits.
– Notable individuals like Barack Obama and J.R.R. Tolkien are known for their nocturnal habits.
– The productivity and career outlook for night owls have been subjects of interest and study.

Night owl (Wikipedia)

A night owl, evening person or simply owl, is a person who tends or prefers to be active late at night and into the early morning, and to sleep and wake up later than is considered normal; night owls often work or engage in recreational activities late into the night (in some cases, until around dawn), and sleep until relatively late in the day.

A Young Man Reading by Candlelight, Matthias Stom

The opposite of a night owl is an early bird – a lark as opposed to an owl – which is someone who tends to begin sleeping at a time that is considered early and also wakes early. Researchers traditionally use the terms morningness and eveningness for the two chronotypes or diurnality and nocturnality in animal behavior. In several countries, especially in Scandinavia, one who stays up late is called a B-person, in contrast to an early riser being called an A-person.

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