Beating the Circadian Rhythms
According to much of the modern research done on sleep patterns, there has been a substantial amount of evidence that suggests the body runs on some very particular patterns called circadian rhythms. These sleep patterns are determined by a wide variety of factors.
Studies have suggested that among those different factors, genetics play a big part in the circadian rhythms of a particular person. Meaning, some people are more prone to wake up early in the morning, and some to go to bed later at night.
Researchers have yet to discover which particular genes influence the type of circadian rhythm a person ends up with. However, that is not to say that once a night owl always a night owl. It is possible to become an early riser.
There are some factors that simply cannot be changed, for example, age is a big factor in the time that people go to sleep and wake up. It has been shown that there is a strong connection between different stages of puberty and staying up late.
Teenagers are more prone to stay up late and older people are more prone to go to bed early and wake up early. However, there are also a lot of different social aspects that influence teenagers to stay up late and wake up late, such as late night conversations and activities.
The same is true with college students. There are many different activities such as work, social functions, and homework that all influence that time that some goes to bed and wakes up early.
Therefore changing some of these factors can assist in changing the time that people wake up in the morning and go to bed at night. This is the part that can be controlled in regards to changing a person’s circadian rhythms.
Setting a wake up and sleep time and following it very closely, even on the weekends, can help change the circadian rhythms a person has. That along with taking melatonin, influencing the amount of light that is present in the room, and even changing before-bedtime habits can all make a big difference.
So in truth, the majority of those people who say that mornings are just not possible, that is a personal choice. Although it may take a substantial amount of effort for to fight against something that could be genetically disposed, it is possible to get away from the mattress and become an early riser.
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