There are two types of people in this world: morning people, and the rest of us. Now, if you're the type who wakes up at dawn to drink matcha tea and journal before work, my sleeping cap comes off to you because, truly, I'm envious. Personally, I'm the type who has to drag my exhausted body into a freezing shower to wake up, and I must drink at least one cup of coffee before I can communicate cordially. It's not an easy way to greet the day, and thusly I am constantly looking for little things that make mornings easierand more tolerable — because, you know, they aren't going anywhere.
Now, what's pretty interesting about the whole early-bird-versus-night-owl thing is that, apparently, your favorite and most productive times of day are believed to be built into your genes. A recent study that included genetic samples of almost 90,000 participants, published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, found that over 75 percent of people fit themselves into the category of morning or night person. But it's not just that people identify themselves in these ways; the researchers also found that there are about 15 genetic variants linked to being a morning or night person. Many of these gene variations played a role in a person's sleep-wake cycle, and even their sensitivity to light. In other words, your preference for mornings or evenings might just be built into your DNA, at least in part.
So if you're thinking you might be one of those people who was simply born with the night-owl gene, take some tips from the pros to help make your mornings a little easier.