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Letter to the Editor

Being college students, I think we can all agree that sleep is quite often in high demand and in short supply. We all know that sleep is obviously necessary to function and getting enough of it can lead to better health and higher productivity. This may seem a little disheartening since we can never seem to catch enough Z’s, however, there are a few benefits to being the night owl.

I’m sure that we have all heard that the early bird gets the worm; however, staying up with the moon also has its perks. According to an article put out by, taking information from Psychology Today and Study Magazine, “intelligent people are more likely to be nocturnal than people with lower IQ scores.” And, “that IQ average and sleeping patterns are most definitely related, proving that those who play under the moon are, indeed, more intelligent human beings.”

After reading this I wondered why this was the case. According to, staying up all night gives us a chance to daydream and reflect on deeper thoughts and emotions. Being a night owl also alludes to an act of defiance and rebellion against establishments and the daily “nine-to-five” habits of life. People who stay up late are also likely to be more open-minded. EliteDaily’s article stated, “there’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun.” People who stay up late and run with moonlight are likely to take part in the activities and encounter individuals that are associated with nightlife and the diversity it entails.

So as you are trucking away on essays or studying until sunrise for a test, know that although you may not be the early bird that gets the worm, you are the night owl who gets its choice of prey.

This article was submitted by Liz Knisley, contributing writer.

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