Night owl or early bird? It’s written in your genes

Scientists at Rockefeller University discovered that a mutation in the CRY1 gene, involved in the regulation of circadian clocks, is linked to what is commonly known as “night owl” behaviour.

spada5.jpgPeople affected by this mutation have shifted sleep phases and irregular sleep patterns, resulting in them staying up late and having problems getting up in the morning.

In these cases, a strict schedule helps with controlling the sleep cycles, and therefore overcome some of the problems linked to the delayed sleep phase disorder.

Read more about this study here.

 

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