The Truth About Morning and Night People

Little-known science that could change how you see yourself

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A lark and an owl. Photos by: Left, Michele Lamberti/Flickr, source; right, Bryn Jones/Flickr, source

When I was a teenager, I used to dream about the day when scientists finally proved that some people are biologically wired to be night owls. On school mornings, I would wake up to my alarm in a murderous mood, praying I wouldn’t bump into any family members on my way to the bathroom. I would brush my teeth and imagine a future in which the whole world no longer marched to a morning person’s drum.

A good friend of mine in college had the opposite frustration: on weekends, she would be up for hours before any of her housemates stirred. She was ready to go out and have fun, if only they would finally wake up! By 10 p.m., when they were getting ready for a night out on the town, she was getting ready for bed.

Was I really just lazy, and was she just boring? Or are there two fundamentally different kinds of people in the world: morning people and night people?

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Drawing by Maria Ter-Mikaelian
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Drawing by Maria Ter-Mikaelian
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Social jet lag may lead to frequent fatigue. Photo by Henti Smith/Flickr, source

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Maria Ter-Mikaelian

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Maria has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and writes about animal behavior, the brain, and scientific odds and ends. Follow her on Twitter @MariaTerScience

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Maria Ter-Mikaelian

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Maria has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and writes about animal behavior, the brain, and scientific odds and ends. Follow her on Twitter @MariaTerScience

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