It comes down to this: If you have a party on a Saturday night, do you clean up right after the last guest has left—or do you leave the dishes until the morning? Read on for a link to a quiz which might surprise you in its assessment of your sleep habits. I’m a night owl. In fact, I tell friends that 6:30 only comes once a day for me—in the evening. You won’t find me awake at 6:30 a.m. unless I have an early plane to catch, something I try to avoid!
Whether you do your best in the morning sun or when the moon is high can affect romantic relationships, job performance, school achievement and more. There’s science behind this, and genetics plays a role. Your sleep-wake patterns are affected by circadian rhythms, which the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health) defines as “physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.”
Can a night owl and morning lark find happiness in a romantic relationship? It may be one of the questions couples should ponder before getting hitched. NBC’s “Today” show offers these five tips for couples on different schedules.
Experts say 30 to 40 percent of the population has strong enough preferences to truly characterize them as morning or evening types; the majority are more flexible and can adjust depending on work or related schedules.
Where do you fall on the spectrum? This entertaining online quiz will help determine if you are a die-hard night owl—or just owlish—or a true morning lark—or just living on the lark-side!
About the Contributor
Helen Sullivan is Communications Counsel for the CertiPUR-US® program.