If you like mornings more than being a night person, then you likely have self-discipline. Conversely, if you prefer the night and go to bed late, you are likely to be more inclined to take risks.
A team of researchers from the Universities of Warwick and Tartu, Estonia, announced the results of a new study, which looked at people’s chronological pattern, and what is related to sleep times and how this relates to certain traits, according to what was published by the British “Daily Mail” website.
Changing the time pattern is possible
The researchers explained that the time in which you wake up and go to sleep is due in part to genetic factors. But the good news is that there is scope for changing your sleep patterns if you want to switch from an evening person to a morning person or vice versa.
The researcher and Professor Anu Rialo, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, added that the results of the study revealed that there is a relationship between chronology, personality and partly a person’s genes.
In addition, it may be possible to change your chronological pattern or at least train yourself to a different, more socially appropriate sleep pattern through training and self-improvement.
The study was based on data on 2,515 Estonian adults, 59% of whom are female, all with an average age of 45.
The researchers asked them to answer questionnaires about their sleep timing as well as 5 other personality factors, namely openness to experience (curiosity and innovation), conscientiousness (organizing competence), extraversion (activity and energy), agreeableness (friendliness and kindness) and neuroticism (nervousness). versus flexibility).
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In addition, the results showed that conscientiousness and less openness were important factors for predicting the early chronological pattern, that is, for those who get up early.
At the same time, it turns out that people who go to bed late are more excitable and adventurous, but less disciplined.
“Self-discipline in particular can influence the chronological pattern by shaping people’s preferences for different social activities and behaviors, which in turn may influence when they go to school,” said researcher Dr. Anita Linnes, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick. bed and when they wake up.
Further study and research
Besides the fact that chronology and personality mutually influence each other, the results of the study support a partial influence of genetic factors.
Thus, more studies are needed to better understand the genetic mechanisms shared by the two structures as well as the causal relationship of their association.
Future studies will also need to investigate whether efforts to switch from a nocturnal to a morning person and vice versa to enhance self-control will result in lasting change or will actually promote better health in later time patterns.