Does Waking Up Earlier Make You Rich?

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” said Benjamin Franklin.

One survey shows that 44% of the rich people wake up a few hours earlier than the normal person. Those early hours they gain are spent on self-improving activities such as reading educational materials and thinking of ways to improve productivity.

Another study made use of garage sales to measure the extent of relationship between waking up early and being rich. The study found out that almost all of the garage sales in the more expensive neighborhoods start in the early morning while the less expensive sections of the town start a couple of hours later.

It was also found out that out of the 30 garage sale ads, 10 started before 8 a.m. The households at those areas got an average value of $224,000. There were 12 garage sale ads that started at exactly 8am, the households averaging a value of $185,360. The remaining eight households started at around 9 a.m. or later. They had an average value of $145, 139.

Although the study seems unscientific, it wants to convey that the way people start with the garage sale represents how rich they are.

Experts from the University of Madrid seemed to differ on the idea, after surveying 1,000 teenagers. Their study revealed that night owls are brighter and wealthier than those who get out of bed earlier. It was also found out that night owls exude the kind of intelligence that is associated with prestigious jobs and higher incomes.

Night owls scored higher in exams compared to larks or morning people, which then indicates good academic performance. Sleeping late at night gives them greater capacity to think conceptually and analytically. Such character paves the way to prestigious job opportunities and better incomes.

Famous night owls include President Obama, Winston Churchill, Keith Richards, Charles Darwin and Elvis Presley. While those known as larks are George W Bush, Thomas Edison, Napoleon, Ernest Hemingway and Condoleezza Rice.

“Evening types tend to be the more extrovert creative types, the poets, artists and inventors, while the morning types are the deducers, as often seen with civil servants and accountants,” supported Jim Horne, professor of psychophysiology at Loughborough University.

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