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Night owls are thriving in the age of remote work

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By SG
Fri, 03, 21

Being a night owl isn’t just a personal preference. People really have different chronotypes, or tendencies to be more wakeful at certain stretches of the day...

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During a year of working from home, many employees’ jobs have never been so untethered from the 9-to-5 paradigm. And a lot of night owls, who do their best work later in the day, are thriving.

But it’s not quite a 24/7 free-for-all. Many newly liberated late workers are navigating how to balance their habits with bosses and colleagues who work on more traditional daytime schedules. They’re also trying to avoid burnout themselves.

Being a night owl isn’t just a personal preference. People really have different chronotypes, or tendencies to be more wakeful at certain stretches of the day, based on their bodies’ circadian rhythms. A 2020 study of 8,395 Chinese people found that about 17% of them exhibited “evening” chronotypes, and 11% exhibited “morning” ones. Other studies from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the Czech Republic reveal a similar skew of more night owls than morning larks in any given population.

Ideas for a restorative (and fun!) staycation

Take a trip around the world – with food

Treat yourself to a cookbook featuring the cuisine from a place you’ve always wanted to go – or a place you can’t wait to revisit.

Or keep it super-simple and just pick up a treat from the supermarket that reminds you of something you ate on a past trip.

Make a virtual visit to a museum

You can find hundreds of art collections and virtual tours from museums around the world – all online and usually free!

Check out your destination of choice with a digital map like the one from Google’s Arts and Culture project.

Be transported by books and movies

We could all use some escapism right now. Seek books, movies or TV shows from the part of the world you’re wanderlusting after. And when you’re finally able to go, you’ll be grateful for the historical and cultural perspective you already have.

Compiled by SG