Not a ‘Night Owl’ or an 'Early Riser’? Two new sleep types discovered
Good news for those who are neither
a night owl or an early riser, a new study from the Russian Academy
of Sciences has found there are two additional, common sleep types
that may be more suited to your sleeping habits.
Early attempts at sleep science have encouraged
people to put themselves into two different types of sleep
categories depending on when they are most productive.
There are the night owls, who like to stay up late
into the night to get work done, or the early risers, who want to
make the most of the daytime hours. An interesting new study
conducted by biologist Arcady Putilov, with the help of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, asked 130 people to stay awake for 24
hours. The subjects were then asked to fill out a questionnaire
about how awake they felt, their sleep patterns and how well they
had been functioning the week before.
Out of the 130 people, 29 were early
risers, who showed higher energy at 9am than at 9pm, and 44 night
owls who were the opposite. But what was most interesting was that
there was a group of 25 people who reported feeling relatively
spritely both the morning and the evening and 32 others who felt
lethargic during those times. Both the lethargic and energetic
participants went to bed and woke up somewhere between the night
owls and early riser times.