If you don't know what a chronotype is, you're not alone. A chronotype is basically your biological clock and what sets the patterns for your sleep and daily schedule. If you try and fight against what comes naturally to you, it could cause consequences in the form of poor sleep, excessive tiredness and lack of productivity. Figuring out your chronotype and the coordinating animal can help you get better sleep and live an overall better life.
The animals that are associated with these patterns are dolphin, bear, wolf and lion. Based on how these animals act in nature and their sleeping habits, they have been carefully paired with humans who share the same traits. About 50% of the population falls into the bear category, another 15-20% are lions or wolves, and a small 10% of the population is a dolphin, the most sensitive sleepers. When your body decides it's tired and wants to go to sleep is actually due to the PER3 gene, so it's not really something you can control no matter how hard you try. You might be able to force earlier or later sleep, but your quality of life is most likely to suffer a little bit. So what's your chronotype? Take this quiz to find out!
How easy is it for you to fall asleep at night?
Do you need things like noise machines or music to help you fall asleep?
Have you ever been diagnosed with a sleep disorder?
Without an alarm, what time do you naturally wake up?
Do you often get irritated with people?
What time do you try to go to bed each night?
When would you say are the most productive?
Do you think you have an overtly stressful job?
Are you easily woken up?
Which of the below is most likely to wake up at night?
On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night?
What's your bedtime ritual like?
Does stress ever get in the way of you getting a restful night's sleep?
When you do wake up in the morning, do you wake up easily?
Do you wake up already feeling tired?
Do you try and avoid uncertain situations?
If you can't fall asleep at night, what do you do?
What are you the most focused on?
Do you often nap during the day?
Would you want to wake up at the same time on non-work days as you do on days you work?
Do you look forward to going to sleep all day?
Are you prone to making to-do lists?
Have you ever done a sleep study?
Is eating past a certain time a no-no for you?
Do you think age has anything to do with sleep habits?
Which animal do you think is your spirit animal?
When you exercise, do you do it in the morning or at night?
Are you usually hungry right when you wake up?
Is your bed the number one place you like to relax?
Is it hard for you to get places on time?
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