Do you always seem to hit snooze like a gajillion times before you get out of bed in the morning? Or do you lie in bed waiting for your alarm clock to go off? Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl actually has something to do with what’s called your sleep “chronotype,” which is basically your body’s natural internal clock, Business Insider reports.
There are four basic chronotypes that all correspond to different times our bodies want to go to bed and wake up. Around half of us have energy levels that correspond with the rising and setting of the sun, board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus, also known as The Sleep Doctor, says in his book The Power of When, which describes the chronotype system in depth, Business Insider reported. About 15 percent of us are naturally morning people, another 15 are night owls, and another 15 are insomniacs, Dr. Breus tells Bustle.
According to Dr. Breus, understanding your body’s internal clock will help you work with your body instead of against it, the TODAY Show reports. Once you know what your sleep type is, you can start to do things at the best time for your body instead of forcing your body to function when it’s not ready, according to the TODAY Show. You can take Dr. Breus’ chronotype quiz to find out if your sleep type is a bear, a lion, a wolf, or a dolphin — and what that means for your day-to-day.