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The differences between being morning and being vesper

The differences between being morning and being vesper

July 19, 2024

If you are one of those people with difficulty waking up in the morning , and in the afternoon or evening you feel lucid and you can think better than the rest of the people who did get up early, maybe your difference is not due to laziness or bad habits (as they have always told you), but because your gen "clock" It secretes melatonin at a different rate from the rest. You already have the perfect explanation.

Owls and larks: different rhythms in the rhythms and schedules

With respect to the dream, human beings can be divided between owls and skylarks , that is, evening people and morning people.

The morning people they usually wake up at eight o'clock (or at the usual hours) of having started to sleep quickly, and in practically 5 minutes they already feel awake. As the day goes by, their performance decreases until they are already so tired that they fall asleep without being able to remedy it.


The afternoon people , on the contrary, they take much longer to wake up completely (sometimes, even more than 1 hour since they open their eyes until they feel ready to face the day). However, their cognitive abilities increase as the day goes by, feeling mentally alert and agile until a few minutes before going to sleep, with a good attention and memory capacity. Are these differences due to habits and education, or is there a factor genetic determinant?

Melatonin makes the difference between being an evening or morning

It seems that the difference is in melatonin, a substance that secretes during sleep and that induces deep states of sleep and rest .


In 1997, the researcher Joseph Takahashi discovered the gen "clock", responsible for coding a protein that regulates the circadian rhythms of sleep and also the way in which melatonin is secreted. Through these investigations, it was discovered that the different form that the protein has to act in some organisms and others, causes that some people secrete melatonin especially in the first hours of sleep (with which, they rest before, they wake up before, and they also end up getting tired and sleeping earlier) and others secrete the substance in the last hours of sleep (so that they wake up sleepily, take time to wake up, and their performance improves until they sleep again when they are still lucid).

The evening people, then, are not opposed to getting up early. Simply, they take advantage of their greater state of lucidity in such a way that they end up delaying their moment of sleep. Actually, both people usually sleep the same amount of hours, only that they manage their energies differently .


The society is designed for those who get up early

Do we live in a world adapted to this difference? Absolutely. We live in a clearly morning world , adjusted to the morning needs (due to cultural beliefs, labor taxes, etc.). The schools are designed for the morning children, in such a way that the children who spend the first two hours of class are still half asleep. In a professional sense it also happens: the day is structured to work in the morning and to rest in the afternoon, when the evening people are more efficient and efficient if they rest in the morning and have activity in the afternoon and evening.

These discoveries can help us to get to know each other better and better, as well as to consider these differences in order to create a fairer educational model. a society adapted to how we are , with our differences, instead of having to sacrifice our differences to adjust ourselves to a society designed only for a few. If you are a morning person, perhaps now you understand a little better the evening. If you are an evening person, you already have your perfect explanation. Nobody else can call you lazy or accuse you of having bad habits. Thanks for wanting to meet you.

Evening, morning and intelligence

Does being in the evening or in the morning have any relationship with the intelligence ? In a previous article we saw that yes. I recommend you read it, you will be surprised.


Divine Office of Vespers (July 2024).


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