Rise & Shine!
Did you wake up early and refreshed this morning, or do you dread getting up early? Well, you’ve probably heard of early birds, aka larks, and night owls – early and late risers, respectively. It’s fun to compare our personal tendencies to our winged counterparts.
The species designations are what’s known as chronotypes –circadian personalities based on your optimal time to fall asleep and wake up. Interestingly, only about 13 percent of people naturally sleep from around 11PM to 7AM, according to research from German chronobiologists. A third of people would naturally go to sleep earlier, while 56 percent of people would biologically opt for a later bedtime.
Furthermore, not everyone falls neatly into the night owl or lark category. Recent evidence suggests there may be even more chronotypes. Say “hummingbirds” for example, they are not early or late risers. They are most productive in the middle of the day.
I’m more of a hummingbird myself, with a little bit of lark. I’m usually the first one up in our house, especially with two dogs and two cats. They don’t care that it’s a Saturday! They are on a schedule to eat! “Jack Jack” is very vocal about his breakfast and “Whiskey” loves her bit of coffee.
Whether you are a night owl, a lark or hummingbird, it’s important to understand when you are most creative and most productive so you can plan your day around your optimal circadian personality.
Benjamin Franklin advocated: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, maybe – maybe not 😉
Up and up!
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