5 Nighttime Traits that May Reflect a High IQ

By Chad Taylor on June 21, 2017

It’s not set in stone, but Psychology Today says that intelligent people are more likely be night owls. They may be defying normal sleep patterns. We’ve all read about the short sleep cycle of recognized geniuses. Leonardo da Vinci slept in cycles that were six 20-minute naps every four hours in a 24-hour period. That adds up to only 2 total hours of sleep. So, does the way you use the night reflect your intelligence? Here are 5 things to consider and see if you think they’re true.

1. Does Intelligence make you a Night Owl? Psychology Today reported that intelligent people are likely to be nocturnal beings. They go to bed later on both weeknights and weekends. A psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, and Study Magazine pinpointed it ever farther saying that individuals in their 20’s with a normal IQ tended to go to sleep at around 12:10 a.m. while those with a lower IQ went to bed at 11:41 p.m. Those labeled “very bright” hit the sack at 12:29 a.m. Some would say that going to be before midnight might show at least common sense if not more intelligence.

2. Is it Defiance? The Study Magazine psychologist, Kanazawa, asserts that those with a higher intelligence may be following a pattern of not going along with the masses, and that it started in ancient times. After all, there wasn’t much to do at night around the firelight except think. If it’s a protest against today’s 9 to 5 schedules, the person with the high IQ is probably extending his or her day – not shortening it. They tend to be at work early and work longer.

3. Do you Daydream better at Night? Daydreaming during the day can be difficult. There’s the distractions of work, kids, friends and all the things that need to get done. Can it be that those with a high IQ love the night because it gives they the time to let their minds wander and maybe come up with the next big idea?

4. It’s about Mom and Dad? Scientists believe that our sleep pattern may be 50% genetic. Hmmm, we think intelligent people have intelligent children as a general rule, so do night owls have night owls? It’s hard to pinpoint what makes a night owl – intelligence, genes or just plain habit. But, for sure, night owls will tell you it’s hard for them to become morning larks.

5. There is a Definite Downside. Sleeping is a necessary part of good health. The people in Kanazawa’s study tended to be prone to illness, heart failure and depression. According to another psychologist, Marian Giamnietro, they are like to be less stable, less reliable and more likely to have addiction and eating disorders.

Do you think you’re very bright, but you’re in bed before the late-night news? Not to worry. Many successful people keep a more conventional sleep cycle. One thing for sure – early or late – go to bed on a mattress that gives you support and comfort so you get that deep, restorative sleep. If you need a new mattress, make the smart move. Shop for a supportive latex mattress online and have it delivered to your door with a guarantee that if you don’t like it after 100 days or more, you get a full refund. Now, that’s smart.