People who sleep in and snooze their alarms are believed to be more intelligent!

For most of us, the sound of the alarm is by far the most annoying sound and we tend to hit the snooze button inevitably everytime we hear the sound. Those who tend to do this a little too frequently are labeled as lazy and being indisciplined. Some people are of the belief that those 10 extra minutes can break your circadian pattern. 

If you are one of those people who has slept through alarms and the snooze button has not affected you then you actually could be more intelligent and creative than the average person who jumps out of bed at the first ring of the alarm. 

There was a study done on this by researchers who named the project 'Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent' and the project observed the use of snooze buttons on people's alarms. The authors of this project, Satoshi Kanazawa, and Kaja Perina have said that the snooze button is something that evolution has not prepared us for. They also believe that making yourself adapt to such a thing and use it effectively means that you are more intellectual. 

Kanazawa and Perina also believe that using the snooze button means that you are allowing your body to act on what it needs rather than waking up to the regime and rules of the alarm clock. People who tend to sleep in through the sound of their alarm are more likely to be ambitious and follow their dreams.  

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The University of Southampton conducted a similar study which showed that people who went to bed after 11 pm and woke up after 8 am were a lot happier, earned more, and were paid more. What this means is that people who are more in control of their sleeping habits are actually much smarter than your average person. 

With the kind of fast-paced world that we live in, it is hard not to have late nights and most of our lifestyles involve us having some pretty late nights. For those who go through this, it is only natural to sleep through your alarm or turn it on snooze and get a few additional minutes of rest. The authors, Kanazawa and Perina believe that those who listen to their bodies show a higher level of intelligence than others. 

The importance of trusting yourself and knowing what is good for you is a must. In order to be happy, well-rested, and driven one has to make sure that they are getting the sleep that they need to sustain their work life. The energy of the body has to match up to the energy of the mind and unless the two are in sync, it will be hard to hit success. 

Kanazawa and Perina also spoke about how people who stay up late at night tend to find alternative and creative ways to solve their problems. Ignoring the alarm in the morning shows how you trust your body to know what it wants and needs which tends to make you a lot more driven and motivated to achieve things. 

That is quite the opposite of what most people believe about those who like to sleep in. So, instead of branding someone as lazy, you would much rather understand that the person is just tired and their body needs rest to rejuvenate and get itself back together. 

Sleep and understanding what your body needs is a very subjective thing and so it is important not to project your standards on to someone else. We all have our own needs and requirements to function. It's entirely up to you to decide when you are at your most productive and when you need your rest. 

These are 8 reasons why it is a must to get a good sleep session: 

8) Sleep improves your immune system

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It is definitely true that sleep improves your immune system. People who sleep less than seven hours a day are much more likely to develop a cold as their immune system is not at its best and will be unable to fight off the cold. Those who sleep for eight hours or more tend to be much more equipped to fend off the cold. 

7) Sleep affects emotions and social interactions

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People who less sleep less are unable to interact and be energetic during social interactions and gatherings. Many studies have confirmed this by using emotional facial recognition tests. Studies found that those who slept less were unable to read expressions of anger and happiness. Poor sleep hampers our ability to understand and comprehend bigger social causes and process emotional information. 

6) Poor sleepers have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke

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The amount of time you sleep and the way you sleep can have an impact on many parts of your life. For those who sleep less and not well are at a higher risk of heart complications and disease. These sorts of problems arise from lack of consistent sleep patterns. It is a must to sleep an average of 7-8 hours.

5) Good sleep can maximize athletic performance

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For people who get a good night's rest, have a much better athletic performance and their bodies are able to endure a lot more physical activity. A study was conducted where they observed the sleep patterns of a basketball team. It was found that longer sleep improved and enhanced speed, accuracy, reaction times, and the mind. Less sleep was associated with a poor and lethargic performance. 

4) Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories

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Multiple studies have shown that people who sleep less tend to have a much bigger appetite and have the tendency to gain weight a lot faster than others. Sleep deprivation can cause a disruption in the appetite hormones and reduce the levels of leptin which is a hormone which suppresses the appetite. 

3)  Poor sleep is linked to depression

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Many mental health issues such as depression have been linked to sleep deprivation and other sleep disorders. It is believed that over 90% of patients suffering from conditions such as depression complain about their sleep quality. Poor sleep and less sleep is also associated with an increased risk of death by suicide.

2) Poor sleep can make you fat

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Short sleep duration and low quality of sleep can be associated with obesity and is one of the biggest causing factors of obesity. In a review study, children and adults who had a short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese as compared to those who had a good seven to eight hours of sleep. 

1) Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity

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A good sleep session is very important for the proper functioning of the brain; its cognition, concentration, productivity, as well as performance. All of these factors tend to get deeply affected when the sleep pattern gets affected. One study found how short sleep can negatively impact certain aspects of the normal functioning of the brain just like alcohol intoxication. Good sleep can improve a person's ability to concentrate and focus on things.

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