If you don't know what a chronotype is, you're not alone. A chronotype is basically your biological clock and what sets the patterns for your sleep and daily schedule. If you try and fight against what comes naturally to you, it could cause consequences in the form of poor sleep, excessive tiredness and lack of productivity. Figuring out your chronotype and the coordinating animal can help you get better sleep and live an overall better life.
The animals that are associated with these patterns are dolphin, bear, wolf and lion. Based on how these animals act in nature and their sleeping habits, they have been carefully paired with humans who share the same traits. About 50% of the population falls into the bear category, another 15-20% are lions or wolves, and a small 10% of the population is a dolphin, the most sensitive sleepers. When your body decides it's tired and wants to go to sleep is actually due to the PER3 gene, so it's not really something you can control no matter how hard you try. You might be able to force earlier or later sleep, but your quality of life is most likely to suffer a little bit. So what's your chronotype? Take this quiz to find out!
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