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As it is a new year and a new you, don’t be stressed if you break your New Year’s resolution to wake up earlier to be productive.
As it turns out, early risers are not “the golden goose of humanity, or the superior beings that can conquer the day at 6:00 am. “
Night people are just as productive as morning people — they simply run on different schedules.
According to sleep expert and The Power of When author Dr. Michael Breus, your unique wiring (aka sleep chronotype) determines your most energetic times of the day. While you likely already know whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, Breus takes circadian rhythms one step further with four classifications called sleep chronotypes, which will help you figure out the best time of day to make an important decision, work out, and do anything better.
So if you’ve ever felt lazy or unmotivated because your day starts and runs a little later than your peers’, read on to discover your sleep chronotype and how small schedule tweaks will let you reclaim your day.
You can also take Dr. Breus’ chronotype quiz below to find out if your sleep type is a bear, a lion, a wolf, or a dolphin — and what that means for your day-to-day.
Bears’ sleep-wake patterns follow the sun, and they have no difficulty sleeping. Bears are most ready for intense task in the middle of the morning, and they feel a dip in the mid-afternoon.
Bears have steady energy and get things done. They can maintain productivity all day as long as they don’t try to push past the mid-afternoon recharge period. Bears tend to be happy, friendly people-people. I took the quiz and I am proud to say I am a Bear. 😍
Lions wake up early. These are the go-getters, the leaders, the type-A movers, and shakers. Lions don’t even need an alarm to wake up. 😳 However, energy starts to drop around midday. Lions make up about 15 to 20 percent of the population, according to The TODAY Show, and they’re usually overachievers who prioritize health and positive interactions with other people.
The Nocturnal Wolf
Only 15 to 20 percent of the population are Wolves, according to Fast Company. Unlike Lions, “[Wolves] hate mornings and usually hit the snooze button multiple times,” Dr. Breus told Fast Company. “They are late to work, and [are] usually on their third cup of coffee at 9 a.m. Wolves don’t really hit their peak energy levels until around 5 p.m., so the traditional work day can be really tough for people with this sleep type.
Sleepless, Restless Dolphin
Dolphins are the insomniacs of the group. Dolphins may or may not have a regular sleep routine. As light sleepers, they frequently wake throughout the night and often do not sleep enough. Dolphins struggle to fall asleep, ruminating over the day’s failures.
Dolphins’ extreme intelligence and tendency toward perfectionism probably explain why they spend so much time chewing over the day. They do their best work from mid-morning through early afternoon.
Click here to take the quiz.
Hope this helps you work around society’s timetables and expectations just a little more smoothly.
Sending productively positive vibes! 💋