By Rachel Premack
Plenty of folks who can only approach the morning hours with a strong coffee (or three) are boasting their night owl status. And it’s an alluring title: Nights owls have been said to be smarter and more creative than those who wake up at the crack of dawn.
But productivity expert Laura Vanderkam told Business Insider that not everyone who is groggy in the morning is truly a night owl.
“You’re really a night owl if you’re doing your best work at night,” Vanderkam, who has authored several books on productivity and time management including “Off the Clock“, told Business Insider.
Plenty of so-called night owls aren’t putting off sleep for creative output and groundbreaking revelations. They’re “putting around on Instagram and hitting the next episode on Netflix,” Vanderkam said.
If you aren’t going to bed on time, it could be because the light from your phone or laptop is tricking your brain into believing it’s daytime.
“It takes energy to go to bed,” Vanderkam said. “It seems ridiculous, but it’s true. You have to stop what you’re doing and make a decision to go to bed.”
“It seems to take more energy to get up off the couch, brush your teeth, wash your face, and all that other good stuff than to just stay where you are,” Vanderkam said.
You’re also statistically less likely to be a night owl.
Only 15 to 20% of the population are night owls, sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus told Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz. About half are neither night owls nor morning birds — their internal clock simply matches that of the sun.
Vanderkam said these four signs show that you’re not really a night owl and you just need to put the kibosh on your pre-pillow phone use:
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