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It turns out there’s a reason you function better at different times of the day, and it all comes down to biology and genetics. Dr. Michael Breus, a California-based clinical psychologist and sleep specialist known as “the Sleep Doctor,” said as much in his book “The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype. ”
Chronotypes are genetic, linked to your PER3 gene. Your chronotype is connected to your internal body clock and circadian rhythms. Night owls have shorter PER3 genes, while early birds have longer ones. In addition to influencing the times you wake or go to sleep, the length of your PER3 gene also dictates how much sleep you need. Night owls need less, early birds need more.
Lions (or the traditional early bird) wake up early and are most productive in the morning. Their peak lasts until noon, so naturally the Lions are tired when evening falls and go to sleep early. 15 to 20% of the population falls into this chronotype.
Dolphins are typically light sleepers who have difficulty following a steady sleeping pattern. Dolphins awaken during the night relatively often. They are most productive from mid-morning to early afternoon. About 10% of the population falls into this chronotype.li
A 1998 study showed that night owls have a higher average income than early birds.
A 1999 study found that night owls showed a higher level of intelligence, even when tested in the morning.
Night owls have more sex (possibly because it is thought of as a nighttime activity).
Stomachs of night owls process caffeine better. Their nighttime sleep is less disrupted by daytime caffeine consumption.
Your chronotype is your natural cycle. If you try to work against it, you will have a harder time falling asleep or staying awake during the day, and you’ll also experience more sleep disturbances.
Do not fight your chronotype — move with it! Go to sleep when you’re tired rather than forcing yourself to go to bed earlier or later. Schedule your most important tasks during your peak productivity periods.
But most of all, don’t give yourself a hard time about your chronotype. Whether you are a night owl or an early bird, it doesn’t say anything about you as a person. It is in your genes, and simply explains your most natural rhythm.
Your sleep patterns define your chronotypes. And there is lot of personality traits that can be mapped back to your chronotype. Read the ideas below for more inputs on this.
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