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Can “Owl” become “Lark”

“Do you go to bed at the right time?” Many will answer this question in the negative, and some will add: “I am an owl.” And the “owl”, they say, should not be explained that it is bad to go to bed after midnight: after all, deviation from the generally accepted regime is predetermined by nature itself.

But this is not the case. – Scientists have long denied the theory of “hunters” and “watchmen” that once existed, which supposedly divided mankind in antiquity. It is well known that the propensity for a particular type (morning or evening) is not transmitted genetically, but is formed under the influence of specific living conditions. And whether a person is an “owl”, a “lark” or an arrhythmic person, depends largely on his behavior, lifestyle. However, the “lark” mode is more physiological, natural for any person. It is to this mode that our basic physiological functions, for example, body temperature, are adapted. At night, even in a hard-working person, it decreases, as in a sleeping person. But the constant violation of sleep and wakefulness ultimately leads to the fact that some less stable physiological processes begin to reorganize, adapt to the evening rhythm of work. Thus, the pulse rate, which is usually higher in the morning, for those who work in the evenings, gradually begins to increase in the evening and sometimes even becomes higher than in the morning.

Thus, in a person who is regularly awake late in the evening and at night, flexible physiological functions and more stable ones begin to act in a mismatch. Violating the regime, we artificially bring discord in the activity of the body, create very difficult conditions for its normal work.

The state of the human body, which is used to consider itself an “owl”, can be compared with the state of a polar explorer, an astronaut, that is, a person who has been in extreme conditions for a long time. With the only difference that “owls” create these conditions themselves.

According to the available data, the average daily hormone release of owls is 1.5 times higher than that of the “larks”. This is the dope, which provides evening and night activity of man, not provided by nature. And like any dope, it does not pass for the body without a trace. Increased release of adrenaline and noradrenaline contributes to metabolic disorders, the accumulation of its products in the blood, their sedimentation on the walls of blood vessels. As a result, the risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary heart disease increases. Researches of scientists testify that human activity in the evening and at night turns into a costly price. Judge for yourself.

Myocardial infarction occur in “owls” and a half times more often than in “larks”. But the opinion of the “owls” that work better in the evening than in the morning is not justified by anything. Experiments have shown that, for example, the level of sensorimotor reactions in the evening at owls is the same as in the morning, that is, in the morning they can cope with any work no less successfully than in the evening.

Therefore, if you consider yourself to be in the category of “owls” (the tests published below will help to determine this), try to gradually restructure the day regimen towards the morning type.

Rebuilding is not as difficult as it seems. It is enough to postpone the implementation of the most responsible and hard work from the evening to the morning time. Do not read immediately before bedtime, be sure to walk in the evening. Physically work or exercise during the day. Try to go to bed and always get up at the same time. This will help preserve health, significantly improve performance.

So who are you?

The answer will be given by these tests.

1. Is it hard for you to get up early in the morning?

a) yes, almost always – 3

b) sometimes – 2

c) rarely – 1

d) extremely rare – 0

2. If you had a choice, at what time would you go to bed?

a) after 1 am – 3

b) from 23 h. 30 min. up to 1 hour – 2

c) from 22 h. till 23 o’clock – 30 min. – one

d) till 22 o’clock – 0

3. What breakfast do you prefer during the first hour after waking up?

a) dense – 0

b) less dense – 1

c) can be limited to a boiled egg or a sandwich – 2

d) enough cups of tea or coffee – 3

4. If you recall your recent misunderstandings at work and at home, then mostly at what time did they occur?

a) in the 1st half of the day – 1

b) in the 2nd half of the day 0

5. What could you give up more easily?

a) from morning tea or coffee – 2

b) from evening tea – 0

6. How easily are your eating habits broken during holidays or vacations?

a) very easy – 0

b) easy enough – 1

c) difficult – 2

d) remain unchanged – 3

7. If important things are coming up early in the morning, how long do you go to bed earlier than the usual routine?

a) more than 2 hours – 3

b) for 1 – 2 hours – 2

c) less than 1 hour – 1

d) as usual – 0

8. How accurately can you estimate a time interval equal to a minute? Ask someone to help you in this ordeal.

a) less than a minute – 0

6) more than a minute – 2

Now let’s summarize. If you scored 0 – 7 points – you are a “lark”, 8 – 13 – a rhythmic, 14 – 20 – an owl.

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