Breaking News! Night Owls Don’t Give a Hoot What You Think
Here’s something morning people don’t get, for some people staying up late comes easier. But scientists have discovered “exciting” news about people who cannot fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning – they suffer from a genetic mutation. Oh yeah, it’s a real thing, and this thing has to do with your circadian clock.
One of the participants in the study had this to say about her experience. “At first I was like, cool, I’ve got one of those. But once they explained the circadian clock was not the clock with the little yellow bird that chirps on the hour, I was back at square one.”
It’s called Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) and for some people having this “disorder” isn’t a problem. There are some careers that thrive in these conditions such as, bartenders, musician, strippers, and drug dealers all benefit from this mutation called: Cryl. The study consisted of participants staying in a room with no windows or clocks and for two weeks so researchers could measure their sleep patterns.
“The results were fascinating,” explained one of the researchers. “So-called night owls did go to sleep seven or eight hours after the so-called early birds. And after two weeks, all participants reported a significant break with reality.”
And here’s some more “exciting” news. The cryl gene is hereditary so there’s one more thing to blame your parents for. What’s the takeaway? For individuals who want more traditional hours of sleep, they must replace the missing protein that’s suppressing their sleep.
“So, at this time we don’t have a cure for this particular gene mutation,” said the scientist, “Other than taking pills to go to sleep or taking pills to stay awake. Did I mention we work for the pharma’s?”
However, if you are one of those individuals who can’t go to sleep until 2:00 am, know that there’s nothing wrong with you. The lead psychiatrists concluded, “You are smart enough, good enough, and people want to party with you because you’re always up late.”
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