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Waking Up Earlier Isn't Necessarily Better for You

A person’s sleep preference is far from fixed

A favorite trope of sleep research is to divide the entire human population into two cute, feathered categories: early birds (also called larks) and night owls. Often, these studies link people's natural sleep patterns—called their chronotype—with some waking behavior or personality trait.

It doesn't take long to see which team more often comes out on top. (Hint: It is the one that catches the worm.) Research says that early birds are happier, more punctual, do better in school and share more conservative morals. Night owls are more impulsive, angry, and likely to become cyber-bullies; they have shoddier diets and, most critically, are worse at kicking soccer balls.

But can the population really be categorized so neatly? Or is the research painting an incomplete and overly moralistic picture?

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