Good news everyone, you’re allowed to hit that snooze button just one more time. The old maxim “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” has been challenged and it seems as though it proves false.
The idea is that human beings that can take easily to things that are not biologically installed in us through evolution, actually have a higher intelligence than those who find those things hard. It’s backed up with the research done by Catharine Gale and Christopher Martyn in the late 90s, who found that those who stayed up past 11pm and woke after 8pm actually had, on average, greater incomes.
While this is obviously swayed by many factors, including ones that may directly affect wake and sleep times, it is encouraging for people who sleep in on the regular. Health and intelligence were also unaffected in the Gale/Martyn study by those living the “lark” lifestyle – that is, waking before 8am.