For years, sleep cycles were divided into two categories. People who enjoy mornings were known as “early birds.” And those of us who prefer staying up late were labeled “night owls.”
Well, step-aside birds. Mammals are the new name of the game.
That’s right, scientists now believe there are four ways to classify sleep/wake cycles. In the science world, these classifications are known as chronotypes.
Chronotypes describe the periods when your body wants to sleep and when it wants to be awake. And to make it easier, the chronotype categories are named after animals.
Yes, our natural sleep tendencies are now categorized as bear, wolf, lion, and dolphin.
It is crucial to understand your
animal chronotype. Once you do, you can start to schedule your life around your body's natural cycles.
Science suggests that this may help you sleep better and feel more productive at work. (1)
Ready to learn more about your chronotype?