Early Birds Happier Than Night Owls
It's true regardless of age: study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2012 5:10 PM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2012 8:20 AM CDT
Morning people tend to be happier overall, a study finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Morning people, count yourselves lucky: New research shows you're happier, and feel healthier, than your night-owl peers—not just in the morning, but in general. People tend naturally to rise earlier as they get older, which might explain why older people tend to be happier, researchers say. Their study surveyed two groups, one made up of people ages 17 to 38 and another whose members were 59 to 79, LiveScience reports.

Researchers found that most become morning people by age 60; by that time, just 7% of people are still night owls. In contrast, only 7% of young adults are early birds. Overall, older folks reported being happier, a scientist says, and "'morningness' was associated with greater happiness emotions in both age groups." It's unclear why, but it may have to do with the fact that our "social clock"—typical work hours, for instance—is structured in a way that favors morning people. Still, hope isn't lost for night owls who want to make the switch: Click through for tips on becoming a morning person.

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Jul 18, 2014 12:33 PM CDT
To be successful in college, one has to adjust awake hours to fit class schedules, where most classes are in am and rest are over by 3pm, so you hit the books and disappear until midnite, then its up and at 'em early next am to repeat the cycle. In a state school, its like a foot race>Person doing the most work gets the "A" as others fall behind This pace conditioned me to same routine when I began working as a design engr Get organized in the morning, putting out all the fires from prior workday, then by 2pm I was "on a roll" making major gains by leaps and bounds in rebuilding layouts to correct prior days effort to implement new concepts & work out problems in time for detailers to have a fresh start early next am. Its called "Concurrent Engrg" wherein each days layout has to be ready for others to operate at start of work next day. By noon, any issues or problems will have surfaced for the PM engr (me) to resolve, and If I had to do a 13hr day it got done by that nite, again, in time for a fresh morning start by the rest of design team What bothered me most was supervisors who didn't understand the "game plan" of use of "Concurrent Engrg" and only saw that I was coming into work a bit late, maybe 9am never mind I'd been up until midnite to ensure design team had a fresh layout to work on Nite Owl who gets 'er done
Jun 16, 2012 2:16 PM CDT
They conducted this study at 7am didn't they...
Jun 16, 2012 11:32 AM CDT
What next, which hand do you wipe with? : -)