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What Your Personality Reveals About Your Sleep

What Your Personality Reveals About Your Sleep

How you interact with the world is largely influenced by your personality, but it also says a lot about your sleep habits. According to The Huffington Post, specific traits can impact your sleep patterns without you giving it much thought. Take a look at what we learned below:

  • Genetics have a lot to say about your sleep preference: Whether you are a early bird or night owl, genetics play a huge role in governing your natural 24-hour biological clock. Nonetheless, age can also be a factor, as adolescents are more likely to prefer late hours, compared to older adults.
  • Early birds may be happier: People who naturally wake up early, typically go to bed early and are less likely to experience “social jetlag.” Keeping a more consistent bedtime and wake up schedule may lead them to feel happier and be more persistent. Researchers at the University of Barcelona, Spain found that morning people are less susceptible to frustration, fatigue and can handle life’s difficulties much better.
  • It’s harder for “Type A” personalities to fall asleep: If you are always over-thinking, you may have a difficult time shutting down at night with your brain in overdrive. Your obsessive thoughts could lead to insomnia, which brings serious health risks. However, researchers have found that a little cognitive behavioral therapy goes a long way in helping you develop better habits to become a better overall sleeper.
  • Night owls are bigger risk-takers: According to a 2014 study, people who naturally prefer evening hours are more sensation-seeking. In addition, other research has found that night owls have higher cognitive abilities and are more creative. All long as night owls get at least 7 hours of sleep, there is no harm in stay up past midnight.
  • Extroverts enjoy a higher quality of sleep: Higher extroversion is associated with better shut-eye, says a study published in the journal Health Psychology. The personality traits of agreeableness and conscientiousness were also noted for higher quality snooze.
  • Neurotic personalities are more vulnerable to insomnia: Stress and anxiety can easily lead to plenty of sleep disruptions and insomnia. However, researchers note that the relationship can create a vicious cycle, with poor sleep making it more difficult to cope with anxiety and stress.

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