Some are morning people and happily jump out of bed as soon as dawn breaks, while others are night owls who prefer to stay awake late into the evening.
Morning people are often viewed as more diligent and disciplined than their night-time counterparts.
according to Degree from the University of Granada Morning people in general are also much better drivers than night owls.
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A nicely different drive in the morning
For the study conducted in 2014, 29 students were selected who were either very good morning or evening people.
The students were allowed to drive in the car simulator at 8 am and 8 pm and were tested on factors such as attention, reaction skills and behaviour.
What was discovered was that evening people drove worse than morning people, but morning people drove well in the morning and evening.
On average, people in the morning performed much better.
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A question of genetics
According to researchers, whether you are a morning person or an evening person does not depend on external factors, but can be explained by our DNA.
Therefore, some have a circadian rhythm that makes them more alert early in the day, while others feel more alert and productive during the evening.
So it's not necessarily about laziness or discipline.
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Sometimes everyone drives poorly
According to the researchers, the results of the study may be important for increasing safety in various types of professions.
Some professions involve performing tasks that require a great deal of attention and alertness, such as pilots, air traffic controllers, supervisors at nuclear power plants, surgeons, and truck drivers, said Angel Correa, the lead researcher behind the study.
According to Korea, it may make sense for these groups to adapt their schedules to the circadian rhythm.
However, Correa points out that there are certain times of the day when car performance is worse for almost everyone due to the circadian rhythm, such as in the early afternoon and between 3 and 5 p.m.
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