Are you a morning or evening person?
Most of you instinctively have an answer to this question but did you know that your predisposition to being a morning or evening person is actually written in your genes?
I’m a morning person for sure. I’m useless in the evening and my genes agree see below.
Sleep is so important for your health and happiness. Everything is harder when your tired!
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleep is essential for a persons health and wellbeing. Not getting adequate sleep can lead to:
- lack of energy & fatigue
- sugar cravings
- energy crashes in the afternoon
- overeating & binging
I know that the main time I experience sugar cravings is when I’m tired!
All I want is sugar when I haven’t had enough sleep. For my mega article on how to improve your sleep quality click HERE.
It has also been shown that getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night can lead to cognitive function decline later in life. And for those suffering from insomnia actually have three times the risk of all diseases.
But how much sleep is really enough for you?
Adults generally require 8 hours of sleep, but there can be substantial differences among individuals. Sleep needs may range from about six to nine hours.
We are all unique and have unique needs.
Our circadian rhythms are all different and vary from individual to individual. You might already know that you need more or less sleep than someone else. I need more sleep then my husband for sure!
Research into understanding genetic predispositions to different patterns of sleep, disruptions of sleep, and impacts of environment on chronotypes is growing rapidly. In addition to genetic influences, we need to consider epigenetic impacts, there are cultural, environmental, and behavioral factors that influence when and how much we sleep. Things like light exposure, shift work, eating and exercise can all also impact how much sleep we might need and get.
Genetic factors can also predispose some people to be more susceptible to adverse side effects of sleep loss. There are genetic variations that predispose individuals to restless sleep, short sleep, disrupted sleep, REM latency, sleep latency and even disorders like narcolepsy or sleep apnea. Each of these conditions may result from variations in one or more of our internal clock genes, which code for proteins that are responsible for timekeeping in our cells.
By looking at your genes and combining that with information about your current sleep patterns and disturbances can help us put together a plan that can help you getter better quality sleep and less disturbances.
Some of my sleep genetic testing results are below.
I don’t have too many variations that potentially affect my sleep and that is reflected in the fact that I always sleep well. On planes and busses, in different countries, on different beds or couches.
I know I’m lucky, but if you’re someone who does have trouble sleeping there are things we can do to help you get better sleep and more energy.
If you want to learn more about improving your sleep you can click below to schedule in a free call to talk about your specific situation and whether genetic testing might be able to help you.
To your health,
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