Don't feel guilty the next time you hit snooze!

Snooze Button
Hitting the snooze button.
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Good news sleepyheads! A study that's been getting a lot of buzz lately suggests that snooze-button addiction could actually be a sign of intelligence. The study, "Why Night Owls Are More Intelligent," published in 2009 by Elsevier, found that being in control of when you go to sleep and wake up could be linked to brain power.

Authors Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina focused their research on the snooze function on alarm clocks, and how certain people are able to alter their sleep cycles thanks to this relatively new invention. They discovered that being able to hit snooze and adapting to this new way of sleeping is linked with intelligence. Furthermore, they found that acting on what your body needs and ignoring the rule of getting up as soon as your alarm sounds means you are more likely to follow your ambitions and tackle your problems yourself.

A similar study by the University of Southampton in 1998 found that people who went to bed after 11 p.m. and got up after 8am earned more money and enjoyed a happier lifestyle. So don't feel the guilty next time you can't seem to get yourself out of bed!