MidnightSpark, what is that supposed to mean anyway?

Ever since I came up with the name Midnight Spark oh so long ago, people have always asked what it meant. Until recently I had a hard time describing where it came from without getting strange looks, but I believe an article recently printed in Wired Magazine explains it all and in particular, point #2:

3 Smart Things About Sleeping Late
By Daniel Dumas

"1 // You may need more sleep than you think.

Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders Center found that people who slept eight hours and then claimed they were "well rested" actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours. That figures. Until the invention of the lightbulb (damn you, Edison!), the average person slumbered 10 hours a night.

2 // Night owls are more creative.

Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon. In one study, 'evening people' almost universally slam-dunked a standardized creativity test. Their early-bird brethren struggled for passing scores.

3 // Rising early is stressful.

The stress hormone cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension. Grab some extra Zs! You'll wake up feeling less like Bert, more like Ernie."

So there you have it! Unfortunately if you need further explanation you may be an "early riser" and you probably shouldn't be reading this anyway. :)

Read more from Wired Magazine at www.wired.com

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