If you’re a morning person, you get more work done early in the morning, when the sun is barely creeping over the horizon to say hello. If you are a night owl, you work best after 1am probably, when the city is dead with sleep. It all comes down to genes.
A new genome-wide association study (GWAS) published by the personal genetics company 23andMe identifies an array of genetic variants associated with being a morning person.
Using 23andMe’s massive genetic database, the researchers analyzed the DNA from more than 89,000 people. The study participants also took a two-question online survey to qualify them as morning or evening people. Based on the participants’ profiles and genetic variations, the researchers drew a number of conclusions about who was most likely to be a morning person. Here were some of the most interesting findings:
A morning person is more likely to be:
- Female—48 percent of women in the study were morning people, versus about 40 percent of males
- Older—only 24 percent of people under 30 preferred mornings, versus 63 percent of people over 60
- A good sleeper, don’t suffer from insomnia
- Well rested with less than eight hours of sleep per night
- Not overweight or underweight—people with extreme BMIs were more likely to be night owls, but that association didn’t hold once the data was adjusted (it likely exists because older people tend to have more extreme BMIs)
Regardless of whether you’re a morning or night person, having enough sleep is important.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million Americans adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Although liver disease is frequently asymptomatic, insomnia is one of the more frequently reported complaints. Healthcare providers often see people with liver disease having difficulty sleeping between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. – a scenario that is justified by TCM theory.
There are various ways to fall asleep – from putting away your phone, to staying away from caffeinated drinks, to drinking tea that will help calm you down. Another alternative, equally quick way would be to massage your temples, an area were the Gall Bladder channel runs.
Scrub the temporal region of the head—right above and behind the ears, within the hairline—followed by rubbing or squeezing the tops of your shoulders. This can help clear some of the energy away from the mind so that you can rest.