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Top 15 Incredible Things Only Night Owls Would Experience

Top 15 Incredible Things Only Night Owls Would Experience

Yes, yes, the early bird gets the early worm, but a night owl too enjoys a host of benefits. In fact, most of creative people and some of the greatest men and women ever are night-owls. Did you know that the US President Barrack Obama himself is a self-admitted night owl? It’s not for nothing the owls are said to be the wisest. Here are 15 incredible things only night owls would experience.

1. Better Creativity

Creativity comes alive in the night-time. There is nobody to disturb you around and when the entire world is sleeping quiet your brain gets the perfect ambience to think in peace. The moon conveys a unique relaxing electricity, a magic, a pulse which the sun does not offer.

2. No Need of Excessive Caffeine

When you are a night owl, you won’t have to be dependent on an excessive dose of caffeine to perform at night. It’s because the body clock of night owls are automatically adjusted to stay bright and awake independently even in the late hours.

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3. You Are the Life of Any Party

A night owl is the life of any party given his heightened energy even at the late hours. Your friends would be amazed at how you can be so enthusiastic even after a full working day when others are dozing off by 1 a.m.

4. Admiration for Being the Helping Hand at Odd Hours

A night-owl is always alert and awake at odd hours and thus is available whenever there is an emergency call for help. Because of this, you will earn doses of admiration from the community and people around for being their helping hand when everybody else was sleeping and almost unreachable.

5. Better Intelligence

Yes, according to studies, night-owls tend to be more intelligent in compared to early birds.

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6. Free Unlimited Calls

A lot of network service providers offer free unlimited calls at night time.

7. Sound Sleep

When you retire to bed in the early hours after staying awake for the entire night, you immediately doze off to sleep. There is no time wasted in counting sheep or turning and tossing on the bed. The night owls experience a very happy sound sleep almost everyday.

8. Flexible Sleeping Patterns

According to research, night owls have the benefit of flexible sleeping patterns and they are better equipped to get their needed sleep at any time of the day. On the contrary, early birds find it difficult to adapt to a change in sleep hours.

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9. There Is No Rush

There is no rush when you are night owl. There is no question of getting your work done fast before you get to bed right after dinner—you have the entire night waiting for you so that you can do whatever you want at your own pace. You also get your desired “me-time” when you can peacefully think over your life and other important aspects sans any interruption.

10. Night Strength

Research says that night owls are physically stronger than early birds. A recent study showed that night owls revealed better leg strength in comparison to early risers, especially during night time. It’s because the evening types come up with enhanced motor cortex & spinal-cord excitability from 9 p.m.

11. Better Mental Alertness

A research carried out between night owls and early risers showed that the former group was better mentally alert in regards to attention & concentration in comparison to the other group. The early risers shower lower activities around the important brain regions.

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12. Better Energy to Tackle Young Kids

When you have babies or young kids at home, you have to stay awake which is just a breeze for the night owls. Unlike a morning person, you won’t be dog-tired as the sun sets and would still have the energy to change diapers or narrate interesting stories to your tiny tots.

13. Professional Connectedness

In the day time you are generally busy with your mandatory office tasks that leave you no time for additional communications with your clients—which is very essential to establish a closer rapport in business. When you are a night owl, you are never tired to go on with the needed extended communication through late-night chats or calls—which are quite rewarding for a stronger business liaison.

14. Better Chance of Meeting Deadlines

A night owl is never tired at night even after a full working day and hence he gets extended peaceful hours to work better on his projects and meet the deadline faster.

15. Preparedness

The night is the ideal time to prepare the necessary tasks for your next day so that you can have almost everything ready even when you wake up late. For example, you can prepare some of your cooking, get the coffee done or pack up your kid’s school bags right in the night so that you don’t need to rush in the morning.

Featured photo credit: Young female programmer working at home.She works late into the night. via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

When I wrote my book Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide, I was surprised at the various layers of review and editing necessary to get the book to publication. Before I ever submitted the manuscript, I enlisted a former colleague to read and copy edit my work. Then, I submitted my work to an editor at the publisher’s house, and once she approved it, she sent it to her colleagues and then her company’s editorial board.

Upon editorial board approval of my book, my editor sent my work to reviewers in my field, then a developmental editor, then a designer and layout team and, finally, another copy editor. There were a host of personalities with whom I needed to interact along the way.

It turns out that getting a publishing contract was just the beginning – a lot happens between developing a concept, writing the book, finding an agent and publisher, and getting the book on bookshelves or on Audible or Kindle. Through every milestone of the publishing process, my ability to interact with others was crucial. This underscored for me that no matter what or how much a person accomplishes, you never do it alone – everyone needs assistance from others.

While I conceived of the book and wrote the manuscript, there is no way my book could have hit booksellers’ shelves without the dozens of people who were involved in the publishing process. Further, interpersonal skills can propel or stonewall success.

Even as someone who has written hundreds of essays, press releases, pitch notes and other correspondence, writing itself is not a solitary endeavor. Sure, I may write in solitude, but the moment I am finished writing, there are always clients, colleagues, partners, peers and others who review my content.

What is more, even as a published author and contributor for this platform, I try to never submit final copy (content) that has not been copy edited. I send everything to my copy editor, whom I pay out of my own pocket, for her review, edits and approval. Once she has reviewed my work, caught unbeknownst-to-me errors, I am much more confident putting my work out in the world.

How Interpersonal Skills Affect Relationships

It is clearer to me now more than ever before that interpersonal skills are needed in every profession and every trade.

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People don’t elect leaders because the leaders are smart. Individuals are motivated to vote when they have a hero and when they feel they have something to lose. If they seriously dislike the other candidate, they are much more likely vote according to a 2000 Ohio State University study:

“A disliked candidate is seen as a threat, and that will be motivation to go to the polls. But a threat alone isn’t enough – people need to have a hero to vote for, too, in order to inspire them to turn out on Election Day.”

In a work setting, interpersonal skills impact every facet of your development and success. Trainers must collaborate with a design team or the company hiring them to facilitate the training. During the training itself, the facilitators must connect with the audience and establish a rapport that supports vulnerability and openness. If the trainers interact poorly with the trainees, they are unlikely to be invited back. If they are invited back, they may be unlikely to inspire cooperation or growth in their trainees.

Solopreneurs interactions with clients and subcontractors, and those interactions will, in part, support or adversely impact their business. If you enjoy a career as an acclaimed surgeon or respected lawyer, your interactions with patients, clients, health insurance agencies and a team of other practitioners – many of whom are shielded from public view – will improve or decimate your practice.

As a hiring manager, one of the things I consider when interviewing candidates is their interpersonal skills. I assess the interpersonal skills they display in their content and face-to-face presentation. I ask probing questions to learn how they interact with others, manage conflict and contribute to a team atmosphere.

When candidates say things like, “I prefer to work alone” or “I can hit the ground running without assistance,” I bristle. When candidates appear to know everything and everyone, I wonder if they will be receptive to learning or open to feedback. Could these statements be indications that these individuals lack interpersonal skills?

It stands to reason, then, that interpersonal skills are among the most valuable and the bedrock of all talents and skills.

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What are Interpersonal Skills?

Interpersonal skills range from emotional intelligence, empathy, oral and written communication to leadership to collaboration and teamwork.

In sum, interpersonal skills are skills that enable you to interact well with others. They include teachability and receptiveness to feedback, active or mindful listening, self-confidence and conflict resolution.

From a communications standpoint, interpersonal skills are about understanding how colleagues prefer to communicate and then using the appropriate mediums to meet respective needs. It is about understanding how to communicate in a way to get the most out of different people.

For instance, in my career as a public relations practitioner, part of what I am constantly evaluating is which colleagues, clients and members of the media prefer email, text or phone calls. I am assessing how much frill to use with each person depending on what has worked in the past and depending on what I know about the person with whom I am interacting.

Making these decisions and being disciplined enough to follow each person’s known preferences helps me better connect with the various individuals in my orbit. Is this tiring at times? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely.

How to Improve Interpersonal Skills

There are tons of resources to teach interpersonal skills. I love books such as Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, and The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

There are also a host of books and articles on emotional intelligence, which is the ability to manage one’s emotions and perceive and adapt to others’ emotions. Emotional intelligence is likewise a critical component of positive interpersonal relations. You can learn more about it in this article: What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is Important

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Active and mindful listening also support improved interpersonal skills. I recommend you take a look at this piece: Active Listening – A Skill That Everyone Should Master

I have further found that humility helps a ton with interpersonal skills. It takes humility to admit you have more to learn and that you can learn from the people around you. In fact, everyone with whom you interact has a lesson to teach you. And employers are increasingly looking for team members who are lifelong learners, meaning they believe there is always room for growth and professional and personal development.

Forbes contributor Kevin H. Johnson noted in a July 2018 article,

“That’s why, when anyone asks what the next ‘hot’ skill will be, I say it’s the same skill that will serve people today, tomorrow, and far into the future—the ability to learn.”

Don’t overlook introspection.

While interpersonal skills may seem simple enough, introspection is critical to learning where and in what ways you need to grow.

Through introspection and observation, I have learned that my interpersonal skills suffer when I am sleep deprived, because then I am short-tempered and irritable. I’ve observed this connection over a significant period in my life. Unsurprisingly, it is also true of others. Fellow LifeHack contributor, health coach and personal trainer Jamie Logie noted:

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When you are chronically sleep deprived, it really does a number on you. A lack of sleep can keep your body in a constant state of stress and over time this can get pretty ugly. Elevated stress hormones can be involved in creating a bunch of pretty nasty conditions including anxiety, headaches and dizziness, weight gain, depression, stroke, hypertension, digestive disorders, immune system dysfunction, irritability.

Additionally, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported,

“Sleep deprivation can noticeably affect people’s performance, including their ability to think clearly, react quickly, and form memories. Sleep deprivation also affects mood, leading to irritability; problems with relationships, especially for children and teenagers; and depression. Sleep deprivation can also increase anxiety.”

The point is, even as you are identifying ways to improve interpersonal skills, think about what is getting in the way. While sleep deprivation is a trigger for me, your stumbling block may be different.

The Bottom Line

You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. Even as you work to understand and apply interpersonal skills, spend some time in mindful meditation to get clear on what is holding you back from developing solid relationships.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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