The Sleep-Wake Cycle

A chronotype is what a person's sleep cycle calls under, whether they're a night owl, an early bird, or somewhere in between.

One's chronotype is determined by a combination of nature and nurture. Respectively, one's genes determine whether one prefers to be awake late at night or early in the morning; whereas nurture is how we choose our lifestyle.

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What you participate in or what your daily activities are are usually what reinforces your chronotype.

  • Make the change gradually. Don't let your body go into shock. It is preferred if you set your alarm 15-20 mins earlier for the past several weeks until your adjusted to your ideal schedule.
  • Consistency is key.
  • Limit exposure to light an hour before bed because it blocks the body's production of melatonin.
  • Avoid stimulating activities during the time you should be asleep.

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