The night owls among us can find the typical hours of a work or school day challenging. A new study, in which researchers scanned the brains of night owls and early risers throughout the day, confirms that night owls suffer from poorer attention and reaction times, and greater sleepiness. Lead researcher Dr. Elise Facer-Childs says this result is likely due to the fact that night owls are “constantly having to fight against their preferences and their innate rhythms” by having to get up early.

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