Are you a Morning Lark or a Night Owl?

Ben Franklin famously believed: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” –

Although a brilliant man, he was only partially correct. The sleep sciences have identified a tendency for individuals to naturally function best when following our inborn circadian rhythms. Morning larks have an inborn tendency to arise closer to sunrise and to feel sleepy at an earlier hour than night owls. Night owls enjoy sleeping later and then staying up until late at night. Larks are usually more productive in the morning, while night owls are generally most productive later in the day.

Morning larks enjoy the cooler temperatures and the earlier nightfall that signals bedtime at this time of year. Night owls tend to accumulate sleep debt during the longer daylight hours of summer and crave the extra hour of sleep that we regain when daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on the first Saturday of November.

Whether, like Ben Franklin, you are enjoying the shorter daylight and earlier bedtime or crave the extra hour of sleep arriving this weekend, the average adult is more productive with at least 7 hours of sleep nightly.So,morning larks and night owls…..sleep well!

Posted on Wed, October 28, 2015 by ENT and Sleep Medicine Associates filed under Sleep

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