Not only does the early bird get the worm, but he’s generally happier and has a higher overall satisfaction with his life.
“We don’t know why this is, but there are a few potential explanations,” writes researcher Renee Biss in a study conducted by the University of Toronto. “Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag; this means that their biological clock is out of sync with the social clock.”
While there’s a strong argument that this bias is a holdover from when we were a farming society — research shows that people have naturally varying sleep profiles, also known as “chronotypes” — the fact remains that modern society is shaped around the early-bird ideal.
For those of us who aren’t naturally early risers, we’ve assembled a few tips for waking up earlier.