3. Night Owls May be Smarter on Average
Sorry morning risers, we tried to find more evidence that you’re smarter, but it seems night types have the edge. A Psychology Today article with a pretty straightforward headline notes that—”Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent Than Morning Larks”—which explains why this might be.
The article traces back to our ancient ancestors, noting the daytime was the safest part of the day for them to roam because humans rely on sight so heavily to navigate. “Any human in the ancestral environment up and about during the night would have been at risk of predation by nocturnal predators,” explains the source. Although the source doesn’t spell it out, this may mean these types were more likely to be cunning and display sharper survival skills.