Diary of a Depressed Night Owl: The Search for Happiness Late Into the Evening

July 23, 2014 10:25 PM

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Diary of a Depressed Night Owl: The Search for Happiness Late Into the Evening

Regulating one's body clock is a challenge. Researchers long have examined the differences between early risers and their night owl counterparts. Some studies suggest morning people are more likely to be successful, and others emphasize how night owls are more creative and intelligent. As a night owl myself, I've noticed how my moods are sometimes affected the later I stay up. Nights can be exciting moments of creativity or a depressing slog into the next day. I wanted to find out -- what can I do to be a happy night owl?

In addition to having a higher probability of success behind them, early risers are also statistically more happy. In many ways, that makes sense. Night owls are more likely to have to rely on sleeping pills or alcohol to go to sleep and caffeine to wake them up. When awake late into the night, I'm ...

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