Blame Your Genes For Your Sleeping Habits

May 19, 2015


While some of us can’t sleep after 7AM even if our lives depended on it, others are used to skipping their morning workout due to not being able to get up after a night of partying. This has something to do with being responsible, but also with our genes.

Studying The Sleep

As it happens, a team of researchers from the University of Leicester found that our genetic structure plays the largest role in how productive we are at different times of day and night.

The study followed countless fruit flies, which the researchers observed in order to find a link between those who woke up later than others. Before you think ‘What do fruit flies have to do with the way humans sleep?’ know that these tiny insects have a very similar genetic clock to us.

Dr. Eran Tauber, one the authors of the study, says: “Most people find that their performance is at peak at specific times of day. The impact of this preference on health and behavior is well documented, but the molecular basis is largely unknown.”

Changing The Sleeping Game

The results of the study showed that fruit flies that rose early or late bred the offspring with the same tendencies.After finding over 80 differently structured genes, the team realized that something was happening at a genetic level.

So far, we’ve known that sleeping habits could be linked to our genetics and family history, but these new findings come as a game-changer.

Thanks to Dr. Tauber and his team from the University of Leicester, we’re now one step closer to defining the sleeping habits of every human, which will make giving out prescriptions and taking medication much, much easier.