The Surprising Side Effects Of Your Sleep Schedule

Did you know that both your genetics and your environment influence how you sleep? These factors combine to form your "chronotype," or your preferred schedule for sleeping and waking. Because most jobs and schools operate during daylight hours, people with a chronotype geared toward staying up late are at a disadvantage. They can feel chronically fatigued due to social jet lag, a condition that can negatively impact their performance during the day.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Your genetics play a large role in determining your sleeping habits. 00:12

  2. The brains of night owls tend to have less white matter. 01:19

  3. Research has shown that early risers are actually more likely to die early in the day. 02:21

Written by Curiosity Staff February 7, 2016

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