If you are one of those people with difficulty waking up in the morningIn the afternoon or evening you feel clear-headed and you can think better than the rest of the people who have woken up, maybe your difference is not due to laziness or bad habits (like they always told you), but the fact that yours to have “clock” secretes melatonin at a different rate from the rest. You already have the perfect explanation.
Owls and larks: different rhythms in rhythms and schedules
As for sleep, human beings can be divided between owls and larksIn other words, the evening people and the morning people.
the morning people they usually wake up within eight hours (or the usual hours) of starting to sleep quickly, and by almost 5 minutes they are already feeling awake. As the day progresses, their performance decreases until they are already so tired that they fall asleep without being able to remedy it.
the evening peopleOn the contrary, they take much longer to wake up fully (sometimes up to more than an hour from the time they open their eyes to when they feel ready to face the day). However, their cognitive abilities increase as the day progresses, feeling clear-headed and mentally agile until a few minutes before bedtime, along with good attention and memory skills. Are these differences due to habits and upbringing, or is there a determining genetic factor?
Melatonin makes the difference between being in the evening or in the morning
It seems that the difference lies in melatonin, a substance secreted during sleep and which induces deep states of sleep and rest.
In 1997, researcher Joseph Takahashi discovered the “clock” gene, which is responsible for encoding a protein that regulates circadian sleep rhythms and also how melatonin is secreted. Through this research, it was discovered that the different way the protein works in some organisms and others causes some people to secrete melatonin, especially in the first few hours of sleep (so they rest earlier. , wake up earlier and also end up getting tired and sleeping earlier) and others secrete the substance in the last hours of sleep (so that they wake up drowsy, take longer to wake up and perform improve until they fall asleep again). almost when they are still lucid).
Evening people are therefore not opposed to dawn. They simply take advantage of their greater state of lucidity so that they end up delaying their moment of sleep. Really, both people tend to work the same number of hours, only that they manage their energies differently.
The company is for those who get up early
Do we live in a world adapted to this difference? Absolutely not. We live in a clearly early morning world, Adapted to morning needs (due to cultural beliefs, work impositions, etc.). Schools are designed for morning children, so that children who spend the first two hours of class still half asleep are judged. In a professional sense, this also happens: the day is structured to work in the morning and rest in the afternoon, when evening people are more effective and efficient if they rest in the morning and have an activity on it. afternoon and evening.
These results can help us to know ourselves better and to take these differences into account to create a fairer and more educational model. a society adapted to our way of being, With our differences, rather than having to sacrifice our differences to fit into a society designed for only a few. If you are a morning person, maybe now you understand a little better in the evening. If you are an evening person, you already have your perfect explanation. No one else will be able to call you lazy or accuse you of having bad habits. Thank you for wanting to meet you.
Evenings, mornings and intelligence
Does the evening or the morning have something to do with the intelligence? In a previous article, we saw that it does. I recommend you read it, you will be amazed.