View Full Version : An article I found in Scientific American Mind

09-10-09, 04:41 PM
I just read this in the September/October issue. The part that caught my attention was the comment on why night owls, like myself, are more alert and have more energy.

"But after being awake for 10 and a half hours, night owls had grown more alert, performing better on a reaction-time task requiring sustained attention and showing increased activity in brain areas linked to attention. More important, these regions included the suprachiasmatic area, which is home to the body’s circadian clock. This area sends signals to boost alertness as the pressure to sleep mounts."

It's definitely a good theory as to why I suddenly get preoccupied for several hours with, well, anything when I need to go to bed.

Early Risers Crash Faster ( by Siri Carpenter