Creativity; Gimme Me the Night

The weekend went by as quickly as usual.   I have been working a part-time job during the week in order to finance some new music.  While the job is easy, the early morning start time leaves a bit to be desired.  I am a night owl.    People tell me that I need to rearrange my sleeping habits to going to bed early if I have to get up early.  Instead, I have taken to an afternoon nap when I can manage to fit one in; which tends to be one or two days a week.  I am more creative at night; period.   It’s hard to find the spark of creativity in the day light.  At night it is easier to see the flicker. You can quote me on that.

Being a night person is who I have always been ever since I was old enough to set my own sleep schedule.  Even when I wasn’t old enough to set my own sleep schedule, I would sneak out of bed to write poetry, and sometimes watch late night back to back reruns of The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son.

I have always thought late night creative work and artists definitely had something to do with the lack of distractions.  I am writing this blog right now, knowing no one is going to disrupt me.    Some could argue that I could just turn my phone and email off and make the same accomplishments during the day.   My brain, however, does not work that way.  I always had a feeling there was a biological logic behind it.   I am happy to say, that I have found scientific evidence supporting that the artists brain is blame.   Research suggests that night owls are more likely to be creative thinkers, and that their brain is to blame for their late night hours.

Scientists tested levels of creativity in people who were naturally night owls vs non-night owls.  Scientists scored each person based on originality, elaboration, fluidity and flexibility factors.  They found that night owls aced each test based these criteria, while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.”

To further quote the article: “Hans Van Dongen, associate research professor at the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University …  and his colleagues found that a small group of brain cells, called suprachiasmatic nuclei, emit signals to the body that synchronise the time of day.

This biological clock runs two hours ahead in morning types and two hours later in evening types.”

Now all of us creative types can be armed with an scientific reason as to why we didn’t get to sleep till so late (or at all) last night when we knew we had to get up early.  Now if I could only find a way to play my flute into the wee hours of the morning without having to worry about waking people up … although now that I think about I do live in a building exclusively for artists … so they most likely are up … hmmm …

Read the full article here.


Jef Kearns is a Soul Flautist proving that flute can get down-and-dirty.
Check him out at
and buy some of his music so he doesn’t have to get up so early … it’s killing him and it’s just not natural.

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