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Are you a Morning Lark or a Night Owl? | Caroline Evans Hypnotherapy
The normal pattern of sleep that most of us adhere to is to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. However, our sleep peak and trough points can be quite different from one person to another. Morning Larks - have their peak of wakefulness early in the day and their sleepiness trough arrives early at night. Preferring to wake around dawn, they can happily function well at this time of day. Night Owls - prefer going to bed late at night and subsequently wake up late in the morning, or even afternoon. They can find it difficult to fall asleep early at night and often only drift off in the early hours of the morning. Of course because of this they don't like to wake up early and can find it difficult to function at this time of day. We don't choose our owlness or larkness, it's strongly determined by our genetics. So how and why did the two types evolve? As a social species it was likely that humans evolved to co-sleep as families or even whole tribes. The night owls