Why Morning People Should Not Work At Night?

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 6:38am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Why Morning People Should Not Work at Night?
At night, early risers demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention-related tasks than night owls, but these early risers make more mistakes along the way. Credit: Getty Images
  • Study uncovers why morning people should avoid working late at night

It’s not a new discovery that early risers can’t work late nights like night owls. Recently a team of researchers found new discovery about work efficiency of two groups. Early risers solved the task quicker at night than night owls, but they made many mistakes.

Staying up late at night affects the brain as we all know that. Nicola Barclay and Andriy Myachykov revealed in a study that the influence of sleep deprivation on different groups of people. The study result was published in the journal Experimental Brain Research.

26 volunteers participated in the research, including 13 men and 13 women aging 25. The volunteers had to stay up for 18 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., keeping other daily routines. The efficiency of both groups was checked through ANT, Attention Network Test, and a questionnaire test named Morningness-Eveningness.

There wasn’t much difference of behavior between two groups in morning test, but there was a great contrast in the night test. The early risers completed the questionnaire faster than the night owls.

This was perhaps due to the way each group handled the task. Evening people were more attentive so they took more time, and were accurate.

But, morning people were less attentive, but solved the test fast. So, morning people made more mistakes than evening people who were very accurate in their test, stated Andriy Myachykov.

The researchers discovered the fact that, night people sacrifice their speed to be accurate. Another test was taken at 2.am after 18 hours of sleep where evening people were slow, but efficient.

This research has raised a big question on the education level of human resource. It especially includes pilots, drivers, and traffic controllers who work at night. How the human resource deal with tasks at night in emergencies?, is a big question.

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