Waking up early does not make you a good person!

There is no morality in waking up early or staying up late. There is a huge amount of power in finding out when you sleep best and then building your life routine around it so that you can sleep peacefully and also have improved performance levels during your awakened hours.

Dr. Michael Brues, a clinical psychologist, best selling author, and a well-known sleep expert has identified four chronotypes, or behavioral manifestations of natural circadian rhythms in people. Instead of labeling them “early birds” or “night owls,” he matched these chronotypes with the circadian rhythms of other mammals. These four chronotypes are:

This is by far the most popular chronotype. A full 50% of people are bears. Their sleep-wake patterns follow the sun, and they generally have no difficulty sleeping.

Bears are most ready for intense tasks smack in the middle of the morning, and they feel a slight dip in the energy in the mid-afternoon. Overall, bears have steady energy and are good at getting things done. They work well within society and help things flow, and they can maintain their productivity all day as long as they use a mid-afternoon energy slump to recharge and don’t push past their natural energy limits.

Lion’s are the classic “early birds.” These are the go-getters who fly out of bed before the sun is up. They might not reach for a cup of coffee until a little before lunch, after their most productive hours have already passed.

Because of their action-packed mornings, they tend to fizzle out in the evening and turn in early. They make up about 15% of the population.

Wolves are on the nocturnal end of the spectrum. They’re the “night owls” who get a later start to their day and ride the productivity wave while the rest of the world is winding down.

Interestingly, wolves have two peak periods of productivity: from noon to two in the afternoon and then again later, just as most of the working world is clocking out.

Wolves tend to be creators — writers, artists and coders. The creative areas of the wolf brain light up when the sun goes down.

Wolves also make up about 15% of the population.

Dolphins are the insomnia patients. They may or may not have a regular sleep routine. And they often don’t get as much done as they want during the day.

Then they stay up tossing and turning as they ruminate over the day’s perceived failures. They are also light sleepers who wake frequently throughout the night and struggle to fall back asleep.

They do their best work from mid morning through early afternoon. If these people set up parameters around their sleep schedules, it helps them get back on track and start getting the sleep they need to be more productive.

Do let me know, which category do you belong to and what positive actions are you likely to take to improve your productivity.

Wishing you a happy Republic Day!