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If you’re a night owl, don’t worry, you’re not alone

If you’re a night owl, don’t worry, you’re not alone

Are you a night owl? Well, if the sight of the brightly burning morning sun makes you want to run and hide underneath your your blanket, you might be able to blame it on a gene mutation. According to researchers at The Rockefeller University , there’s a variant of a gene called CRY1 that slows the internal biological clock (also known as the circadian clock) – which normally is what tells the body when to feel tired at night and when you’re ready to wake. People with the “night owl” variant of this gene have a longer circadian cycle than most, making them stay awake later, the team reported April 6 in Cell. Most people who categorize themselves as night owls often have something called delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD). This makes people more energetic during times when most people would be sleeping.

So, here you go. If you are part of the group who burns the midnight oil, you are most likely part of this gene mutation. via technology.org

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