If you think you are a night owl, then your day may be spent like this…
In the morning, I struggled to get up in half a dream and half a wake-up. I spent most of the morning sleepwalking. I always felt that I was probably brain-dead and slow to respond. I started to enter the state from the afternoon until 12 o’clock at night, and finally reached the peak of my life and became active in the circle of friends at midnight.
The next morning, you may regret to death again, grabbing your conscience and asking yourself: Why do you always sleep late? Why can’t you be a person who goes to bed early and gets up early, cuts wood and boils water? All this is for! What! Huh!
Today Dr. Clove invited brain doctors to give you an answer.
Are you a night owl or not?
As long as you stay up a few more nights, you are even a night owl.
Scientifically speaking, the vast majority of people who sleep at one or two o’clock at night are not really real [night owls].
A study of more than 50,000 people shows that:
More than 70% of the people will fall asleep between 12 and 2 midnight.
Only a small number of people (no more than 10% respectively) are particularly extreme, either sleeping very early (before 11 o’clock) or sleeping very late (after 3 o’clock).
If you slept before 2 o’clock, you are embarrassed to say that you are a night owl.
Night owl or early bird, everything is doomed?
If you have people who sleep late around you, then you may have heard such words: I am born a [night owl].
This is not true. Recently, many studies have backed up these people. Scientists have found that the bodies of [night owls] and [early risers] are indeed born different.
1. Genes are different
When it comes to sleep, one has to mention the biological clock, and scientists have found that the important factor determining the biological clock is genes.
Genes Affect Work and Rest Time
In short, if your genome carries some mutation sites, then you are probably an early bird.
Genes Affect Biological Clock Length
Some people’s biological clocks are even longer than 24 hours… This means that their sleep time will gradually be delayed and they will sleep more than most people.
If you want to be a master of staying up late, you also have to depend on your life.
2. Different brains
The structure and activity of the relevant areas responsible for attention in the brains of people who go to bed early and people who go to bed late are also different.
This also indirectly explains why [night owls] and [early risers] feel that they can only concentrate for a certain period of time.
But but but…
It is not easy to throw the pot of staying up late to genes and brains. After all, we are not clockwork robots, and we really turn off the phone to sleep immediately after the [biological clock] rings.
These reasons will also affect sleep habits.
Whether it is an early bird or a night owl is not only related to the natural biological clock, but also related to these three reasons.
Step 1 Light
[Sunrise and work, sunset and rest] In ancient times when there were no lights, it was reasonable, but now?
The sun is setting, there are lights, the lights are turned off, there is a mobile phone screen, plus the invisible light of Wi-Fi, it is really difficult to [go to bed early].
2. [Anti-human] rules in society
Not to mention the one-size-fits-all 8 o’clock working hours, think about how rebellious the existence of time zones is.
For example, the easternmost and westernmost parts of our country are separated by five hours in the time zone. If we follow the same time rules, there will inevitably be conflicts with sunrise and sunset, thus affecting the sleep patterns of some people.
3. Sleep debt
The factor that directly determines what’s sleep is called [sleep debt], commonly known as [lack of sleep].
Getting up early during the day and staying up at night, the more sleep debts accumulate, the later the sleep time will move and the longer the sleep time will be. This will not take much time, and you may have to [jet lag] with the people around you…
Working long hours without rest and piling up a lot of sleep debts are not a good way of life for anyone.
Seeing this, everyone should also know that night owls are still early birds. This problem is indeed related to congenital factors, but it can also be changed the day after tomorrow. Moreover, we can always surpass these basic physiological restrictions and make our own choices.
If sleeping habits are all life, then this life is basically up to you.
When sleep problems affect your normal life, you may need to consult a neurologist.