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There May Be A Genetic Reason If You’re A Night Owl

You’ll never catch me in bed early! I’m lucky if my eyes shut by midnight, no matter what time I need to get up. I even went to bed late when I had to be up at 4:30 in the morning to host a  radio show in college. If you’re a night owl like me, it may be in our genes. Rockefeller University conducted a study of 70 people from six families.  Of those 70, who were night owls a gene mutation, known as CRY1, was found in each of them. The CRY1 mutation apparently causes  “Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder”, a condition which  disrupts your sleeping rhythm.

The study indicates that 10 percent of the population may have the night owl gene. According to the research,  there is not currently a treatment. However, some tips include: setting a  bed time, even on weekends, getting up at a set time in the morning, and not using any well lit devices at bed time. Rather or not there is really a gene that causes my not so lovely mood in the morning, at least now, I have an excuse. Nighty night peeps!

 

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