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Early Birds, Night Owls, and More:
What's YOUR Sleep Type?
Published March 8, 2017 by Kala Sleep
Written by Kala Sleep
Mar 08, 2017
Tags:
  • Chronotype
  • Early Bird
  • Kala Sleep
  • Night Owl
  • Sleep Type

You may already know if you're an early bird or a night owl (and if you don't, ask your significant other). But have you ever felt like maybe you're neither of these?

If so, a recent study has your back.

When you sleep and when you feel most energetic have to do with your "chronotype" - a fancy name for your sleep & awake behaviors (like being an early bird). Big surprise, these behaviors are actually pretty complicated, and vary depending on genetics, when you eat/work/exercise, and even your age.

Although mostly we hear about those "larks" and "owls" - people at either side of the "morningness-eveningness spectrum" - it turns out that a lot of people are actually somewhere in between.

Although mostly we hear about those "larks" and "owls" - people at either side of the "morningness-eveningness spectrum" - it turns out that a lot of people are actually somewhere in between.

Which of these sounds most like you?

Lark: More alert and energetic at 9am than 9pm. Wakes early, tends to go to bed on the early side. 

Owl: More alert and energetic at 9pm than 9am. Wakes late, tends to go to bed on the late side.

Hummingbird: Alert and energetic both in the morning and the evening. Has few problems staying awake during the day, may wake early and go to bed late.

…Sleepy bird?: Often feels sleepy at both 9am and 9pm, may wake up late and go to bed early and/or feel low-energy throughout the day.

Fun fact: there don't appear to be any consistent differences in how much sleep people need, how well they sleep, how often they take naps, etc. between these groups. 

So even though you may be a night owl - or a sleepy bird - your sleep is just as quality as an early bird's! It's all about getting the right sleep for your body.

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