Bedtime, your ‘chronotype’ and getting things done: Study looks at how sleep and intelligence are linked – CTV

Nov. 7, 2022

A new study has found that verbal intelligence may be more prominent in early-birds than night-owls, depending on sleeping patterns and natural inclinations.

The study comes as people prepare to roll their clocks back an hour to standard time, and it challenges modern research that suggests that those who stay up late have stronger cognitive abilities in problem solving, abstract reasoning and working memory.

Through assessing the impact of a person’s daily rhythm and activity levels, Dr. Stuart Fogel, a cognitive neuroscientist and professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology, has potentially unearthed new merit to the old saying “the early bird gets the worm.”

“Once you account for key factors including bedtime and age,” he said in a press release, “we found that morning types tend to have superior verbal ability. This outcome was surprising to us and signals this is much more complicated than anyone thought before.”

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