Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Early Bird or Night Owl? Try the Munich Chronotype Questionnaire

I read an interesting article the other day on Mark's Daily Apple about chronotypes, i.e. whether someone is a night owl or an early bird. It's not quite as straight forward as you might think and the majority of us are truly somewhere in the middle.

It's suggested that night owls are more prone to poor health and bad diet choices but largely because our society dictates that we should rise at a certain time which robs night owls of some much needed sleep. That lost hour or two of sleep can make huge differences. But our behaviours can be modified to some extent so all is not lost. I know I go through phases of not being able to get to sleep before midnight and others of waking up an hour or two earlier than usual.

There's a test you can take to find out if you're naturally an early or late chronotype. It's free and you can find it here. I am very firmly in the "normal" or "average" range, being neither an early bird nor a night owl. I'm perfectly fine with that.

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