Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sleep Habits And Work Life

I read an interesting article called How To Design Your Ideal Workday Based On Your Sleep Habits. Michael Breus, the author, says there are four chronotypes that describe a body’s natural sleep habits and energy patterns. His theory is that if you know your chronotype you can take advantage of your body’s natural energy flows.

The four types are:
  • Bears, which are 50%–55% of the population, and are the ‘get it done’ group. They have normal sleep schedules, but may not get quite enough sleep.
  • Lions, around 15% of the population. They wake up early and without an alarm, and are Type-A personalities.
  • Wolves represent 15–20% of the population. They hate mornings and usually hit the snooze button multiple times. They are late to work, and usually drink a lot of coffee in the mornings.
  • Dolphins, about 10% of the population. They are anxious people who have irregular sleep schedules, and often self-diagnose as insomniacs.
After reading the article it was clear to me that I am a Bear. I go to bed at the same time every night. However, sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep, and some nights wake up in the middle of the night and I lay awake for an extended period for no particular reason. (Which makes it really hard to get enough shut-eye.) Hubby Tony is definitely a Lion. He pops out of bed somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours before I do, and even when he sets his alarm he usually gets up and turns it off before it goes off.

I was pretty sure which categories my boys fit into, and I sent the link to everyone on our family chat group to see what they said. Out of the people who responded I had guessed completely right!

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  1. I may be a bear and my sleep habits sound like yours; I go to bed at the same time each night but sometimes wake in the night and have a hard time going back to sleep.

  2. I might be part Bear part Lion. I wake up without an alarm, but often go back to sleep. It's the bladder alarm clock I think. So maybe I'm all Bear, also in that I think iin the winter we should all just forget it and hibernate.

    1. I can SO relate to that "badder alarm clock". Annoying!

  3. Very interesting. I think I'm usually a Lion, but with occasional Bear tendencies :-)