Clocking in to early birds and night owls


Clocking in to early birds and night owls

Struggling to get up in the morning? Your genetics may be to blame, but help is at hand

Sanet Oberholzer

“There are morning people and then there are people who can’t speak for two hours upon waking up and then they marry each other,” reads a meme. As with most things humorous, this is amusing because it’s often true.

Then, of course, there is “the early bird catches the worm”, a sentiment that, as a night owl, I often resent: this ever-present insinuation that night owls are somehow lazier compared with their early-bird counterparts. That I have always struggled to get up in the mornings doesn’t further my case.

But being an early bird or a night owl is not something that is always under your control. Whether you’re a morning or a night person is a behavioural trait is guided by your circadian rhythm — the internal clock that regulates your 24-hour sleep-wake cycle...

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