Sleep Animals: Which Creature Represents Your Internal Clock?

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By: Meredith Witthar | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 8:32 AM, Sep 18, 2018 Updated: 10:07 AM, Sep 19, 2018

We have more in common with animals than you think. They can actually help define our chronotype – our internal clock. So we visited the Valley Sleep Center to talk with clinical sleep educator Lauri Leadley about the different sleep animals and what they mean. Read on to find out yours!


1. The Lion


First up is the lion. “As you know, a lion is a fierce animal,” shares Lauri. “In a lion chronotype, you’re gonna be someone who is an early riser, and you do your most productive things in the morning.” If you’re a lion, you wake up with lots of energy and are ready to go – but by early evening you’re exhausted. “When they start to feel tired, it’s a good idea to maybe take a walk if it’s too early in the evening,” adds Lauri. Lions also shouldn’t leave big projects to do at night when they’re not at their peak!


2. The Bear


Our next animal is the bear. “The bear internal clock rises and falls with the solar system,” reveals Lauri. “So the sun comes up, the bear wakes up. The sun goes down, the bear falls asleep.” If you’re a bear, you want to exercise as soon as you wake up to get going. “Bears usually are the type to press the snooze button maybe once or twice,” adds Lauri. “They don’t want to get up right away.” The bear makes up 50% of the population! And Lauri says that if you think you’re a bear, a 10 to 20-minute nap in the middle of the day will leave you refreshed to finish the rest.


3. The Wolf


Third on our list is the wolf. “Wolves are more nocturnal,” explains Lauri. “These are our people that want to stay awake late at night, and then they sleep in later in the morning. So high school, college age, young adolescence…They want to party late at night and sleep all day!” If you’re a wolf, you should do your most important work later in the day when you’re the most productive.


4. Dolphin


Last on our list is the dolphin chronotype. Dolphins tend to be light sleepers who are often diagnosed with insomnia. Dolphins tend to wake up early, at 6:30am, to exercise. If you’re feeling sluggish between 1-4pm, it’d be a good idea for you to take a walk around the block. The best time frame for dolphins to work on mentally demanding tasks is between 4-6pm. You should start to wind down for bed by 10:30pm and be asleep by 11:30pm.


Which sleep animal sounds like you?!


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