HomeHome  Main PageMain Page  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  

Share | 
 

 Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
cynfullov
star member
avatar

Number of posts : 3919
Location : Wickedly at play while the GODS of HADES give an ever watchful grinning eye.
: :
More Numbers : 4308489
Registration date : 2008-08-20

PostSubject: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:32 pm

Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN

(CNN) -- If you have a hard time crawling out of bed in the morning, it could be that your body is biologically programmed to start the day later.

Some people who appear to have insomnia are biologically night owls, one expert says.

Experts say a spectrum of natural sleeping and waking rhythms exists, ranging from extreme morning people to extreme "night owls."

A new study examines how morning people compare with night owls on a strength test and looks at what other physiological processes may contribute to their performance.

Researchers tested participants' leg muscle strength at various points in the day. They looked at nine "early birds" and nine "night owls," who were classified as such based on a questionnaire.

Surprisingly, morning people's strength tends to remain constant throughout the day, but night owls have peak performance in the evening, said researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada.

"We thought that morning people would be better at this in the morning, but they never changed," said study co-author Olle Lagerquist, a Ph.D. candidate in neurophysiology at the University of Alberta.

That may be because evening people show increased motor cortex and spinal cord excitability in the evening, about 9 p.m., meaning they had maximal central nervous system drive at that time, Lagerquist said.

Morning people, on the other hand, never achieve this level of central nervous system drive because the excitability of the motor cortex does not coincide with the excitability of the spinal cord. In other words, these two measures never peak at the same time, he said. Early birds' brains were most excitable at 9 a.m. and slowly decreased throughout the day.

Researchers don't know whether this means evening people who are athletes are necessarily better off.

Although night owls may maximize their strength in the evening, they are at a serious disadvantage if they have to compete in the morning. Morning people, on the other hand, would have the same average performance regardless of the time of the competition, Lagerquist said.

Based on the findings, Lagerquist recommends that people who struggle athletically in the morning try going to the gym at night, as they may feel more awake and perform better then, he said.

The study reinforces findings that athletic performance varies over the course of the day, said Dr. William Schwartz, professor of neurology at the University of Massachusetts.

Although the study is small -- 18 people participated -- it highlights problems with being a night owl that sleep experts often see in patients.

American society favors morning people, because the typical work day begins in the morning and ends in the evening, said Dr. Nancy Collop, Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center. Her sleep center tends to have many more night owls seeking help than early risers, she said.

Fairly commonly, people come to the sleep clinic at Johns Hopkins having been mislabeled as insomniacs when they are just night owls, Collop said.

"Their body clock is separate from what their work clock is supposed to be," Collop said.

It's very difficult for a night owl to become a morning person, Collop said.

At a sleep clinic such as the one at Johns Hopkins, people seeking to change their habits may be asked to sit in front of a very bright light early in the morning and to take melatonin to help them sleep earlier. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate circadian rhythms, the daily rhythms that persist in the body within a period of about 24 hours.

The tendency to do certain actions at particular times of the day is a phenomenon seen across the animal kingdom.

Even single-celled organisms do different tasks at different times of the day, Collop said. More complex organisms also need a rest period built into the 24-hour cycle. In humans, light drives this cycle, she said.


The part of the brain called the hypothalamus contains the human body's "clock," Schwartz said. There is evidence that biological rhythms are dictated by genes, although people can train themselves to some degree, he said.

Teenage and young adult males have the highest risk for delayed sleep phase, or night-owl tendency, she said. But it's hard to know how much of that comes from genetics and how much comes from social pressures, she said.

CNN's Shahreen Abedin contributed to this report

******************************************
I've always since I can remember been a night owl. I also think that most of us that are know we feel our best during the night time. I've always thought that some that suffer from insomnia are actually fighting against their true nature. Even though there are many more graveyard & night time job opportunities now than there were in the years past, it still isn't the easiest of things living your life out in the night.

The age of the PC however has made an enormous impact on the ability of nocturals to take care of some things that would have otherwise entailed having to wake and walk out among the light of day.

Back to top Go down
View user profile
La Diva Carlotta
supernova
avatar

Scorpio Goat
Number of posts : 7857
Age : 37
Location : New York City
: :
More Numbers : 4249526
Registration date : 2008-07-23

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:23 pm

Very interesting article. I am not a morning person. I find that I am most productive in the late afternoons and evenings.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
helen damnation
Moderator
avatar

Gemini Number of posts : 5252
Age : 147
Location : Swinging from the stars
: : Satan's cheerleader
: :
More Numbers : 4342230
Registration date : 2008-07-21

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:14 pm

I thought it always depended on the time of day you were born. I was born at almost midnight (yay!) and I am horrid in the mornings but I can go all night. Both of the little Damnations are the same but Mr D was born very early in the morning and is disgustingly cheerful at that time of day

_________________


Well, the Devil he taught us how to rock and then he turned us loose
Back to top Go down
View user profile
cynfullov
star member
avatar

Number of posts : 3919
Location : Wickedly at play while the GODS of HADES give an ever watchful grinning eye.
: :
More Numbers : 4308489
Registration date : 2008-08-20

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:16 am

If I'm remembering right, I think I was born at 3:13 am.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
endless dark
admin
avatar

Sagittarius Monkey
Number of posts : 6426
Age : 36
Location : Roc. NY
: : Fearless Leader
: :
More Numbers : 4345359
Registration date : 2008-07-21

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:34 am

cynfullov wrote:
If I'm remembering right, I think I was born at 3:13 am.
I was born the exact moment the announcement "john lennon is dead" came over the TV/Radio
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.darkrealm13.com
Lolita Rose
member
avatar

Scorpio Horse
Number of posts : 114
Age : 26
Location : The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls
: :
More Numbers : 4234563
Registration date : 2008-07-30

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:46 am

I am most definitely a Night owl. I've found I'm most awake from about 7pm to 2am. And most people can't seem to get this through their heads. I've often ranted about how ridiculous it is for businesses and such start so early in the morning. Only to be told 'Well, that's how the normal world works. Not everyone runs on your schedule.'

It reminds me of the time my father was yelling at me because I always started my homework at 10pm. I tried explaining that I work better in the evening and he told me that was BS and that I was to do my homework when I got home. Well, that worked out well. >_> My grades weren't nearly as high as I wanted them to be...
Back to top Go down
View user profile
cynfullov
star member
avatar

Number of posts : 3919
Location : Wickedly at play while the GODS of HADES give an ever watchful grinning eye.
: :
More Numbers : 4308489
Registration date : 2008-08-20

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:57 am

endless dark wrote:
cynfullov wrote:
If I'm remembering right, I think I was born at 3:13 am.
I was born the exact moment the announcement "john lennon is dead" came over the TV/Radio

I looked it up and it would have been around close to 11:45 and 12pm that it happened. So I would assume you were a night baby.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Ginger_Snaps
Moderator
avatar

Leo Cat
Number of posts : 4519
Age : 29
Location : The Otherworld
: : Werewolf
: :
More Numbers : 4248542
Registration date : 2008-07-22

PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:26 am

I definitely count myself as one of the night owls. Having a varying times people are most active provide a survival advantage--I would be a night watchman.

_________________
I'm a werewolf, not a vampire!
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.freewebs.com/madammarieshorrordollz/
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength   

Back to top Go down
 
Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» House of night for breakups,make ups and people falling in love (Started and closed))
» House of Night Sweden (Started but open, please join)
» Introduction - Silent Night
» Long Night (Chat Room)
» Nyx, the Goddess of Night

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
TheDarkRealm :: the threads :: Lifestyle-
Jump to: