Late sleepers get a bad rap. The early bird gets the worm, and the person who doesn’t wake up until a few hours later in the day gets, well, nothing. (Nothing, I tell you!)

“Somehow,” says Elliott Bell, Senior Director of Brand and Marketing for The Muse, “we’ve turned into a society that shines a blessed light on morning people as a rare form of human that is more productive, healthier, and a bastion of how to operate more efficiently in life.”

And though Bell is a (very early) morning person himself, he strongly disagrees with trying to fit every single human into the early riser mold. “If you really want to be your most productive self and the best employee possible,” he says, “find out what works for you.”

And if waking up at the crack of dawn just isn’t your cup of tea, that’s OK. In fact, there may even be a major advantage to staying in bed a little (or a lot) longer. Watch the video below to find out just what that benefit is.


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