Getting out of bed on these icy winter mornings can be a real struggle when you’re tucked up in bed. The temptation to hit snooze and enjoying an extra 10 minutes dozing always seems appealing, but we’re led to believe that early starts are the key to a successful life.
Yet new research has revealed that sleeping in might not be a luxury you need feel guilty about —rather, it might mean you are more intelligent, creative and happy.
Being in control of when you go to sleep and wake up is a sign of intelligence. The snooze button is a relatively new invention and is something that evolution has not prepared us for. Being able to hit snooze and adapting to this new way of living and sleeping means you’re more intellectual studies show.
Ignoring the rule of getting up as soon as your alarm sounds — acting on what your body needs instead — means you are more likely to follow your ambitions and tackle your problems yourself. These are sign that you are more creative and independent.
The scientific report is supported by a similar study undertaken by the University of Southampton, which looked at the socioeconomic situations of 1,229 people in correlation with their sleeping patterns. It showed that those people who went to bed after 11 p.m. and got up after 8am earned more money and enjoyed a happier lifestyle.
Despite the fact your creative, intelligent mind may be blossoming during those morning sleep-ins, too much sleep is not advised either. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours sleep per night to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
But you can rest easy knowing you won’t be deemed lazy or undisciplined when you relish in your morning snooze. Hurrah!