Early Birds Are More Common Than First Thought

If you’re someone who finds themselves facing derision for being naturally sleepy at 8 p.m., you now have scientific proof that the party wasn’t boring, it was just way past your bedtime.

According to a study led by the University of California - San Francisco and published in the journal SLEEP; if you suffer from advanced sleep phase (a term used to describe a condition which means you get sleepy hours before your counterparts) you might have thought you were all alone. However, new evidence shows that it actually affects 1 in 300 and could be a genetic trait.


Advanced sleep phase is caused by a premature release of the sleep hormone melatonin and a change in body temperature. It naturally occurs as we age and is often the reason why people with depression wake in the early hours. On the other side is delayed sleep phase, where an individual may not be able to get to sleep until 7 a.m.

Interestingly the study also found that people with advanced sleep phase wake up quicker and tend to bounce out of bed, ready to take on the day at 4 or 5 am. The only downfall being that social events typically occur at bedtime, which means they will struggle more than others through the second half of that incredibly long local high-school rendition of Les Misérables. They will however be able to obtain all the worms.