Psychologist Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota found that volunteers were more creative when they worked in a chaotic space than a clean one. "Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights," she said in a statement. Yes, your messy desk is actually a good thing.
According to Slate, research suggests anxiousness and intelligence are linked. Psychologist Alexander Penney surveyed over 100 students from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada and found that those with more angst—for example, agreeing with a statement like, "I am always worrying about something"—received a higher score on a verbal intelligence test.
A glance at the morning habits of women we admire like Martha Stewart suggests rising early and succeeding go hand in hand. While waking up before sunrise each day might allow people to fit more into their schedule, research suggests it doesn't mean they're smarter. A 2009 British study declares "night owls are more intelligent" and that people who go to bed at 12:29 a.m. and rise at 7:52 a.m. have a higher IQ.
Embrace sleeping in with a set of fresh sheets.