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    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    Noctournal Empowerment

    This world is made for the daywalkers. Early-morning shifts, early-morning trains, early-morning radio contests, and early-morning meetings. If you aren't an early-riser, then there's something wrong with you, so says society...

    But science, on the other hand, has quite another story to tell. Science says that we night-owls have a specially-adaptable brain that allows us to work more efficiently as we become tired. When sleepy, we are able to access different and more varied parts of our brains in order to perform mental tasks. Different parts, mind you, than our 'normal', day-walking counterparts, which makes us more adaptable, and even, yes, more capable of doing more work, faster, and better, by utilizing parts of our brain not usually relegated to tasks such as concentration and memory.

    But the benefits of our special chromosome adaptation doesn't stop at mental capacity! On the contrary, night owls grow stronger physically as the day passes as well, while a daywalker is only as strong at any particular point in the day as they were when they first woke up.

    So the next time you have to ask for an afternoon appointment for the chiropractor, your parents complain that you can 'never' be anywhere early in the morning, or your friends worry about 'why you seem to sleep so much' because you go to bed between 2-8am and creep out of bed sometime around noon, keep this research in mind.

    Hold it close to your heart, and know that when the early-risers in your life need a car lifted out of a ditch at 2 in the morning someday, you'll be there for them, and that if there is a bit of research that needs done at 4am, you can do that too, with panache and gusto.

    As one of the chosen few who has been genetically designed to excel at staying up all night, then passing the finals with flying colors, hold your head high!

    After all, who needs that much sunlight everyday anyway?

    Of course, the neurologists are always hard at work, and science never sleeps, so testing of sleep patterns, competence, and nerological function are a constant thing. Volunteers welcome!

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