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You can learn how to get a better sleep when you know your sleeping behavior and hence, improve your lifestyle.

There are four types of sleepers. Knowing your type helps you find out when you are most productive in the day. These types are based on animals' sleep and wake behaviors. The four kinds of sleepers are:

1. Bear – Happy go lucky and heavy sleeper

Most people tend to be bear when it comes to sleeping behaviour because their waking up and sleeping routine tends to be based on the Sun.

If you identify yourself as a Bear type of sleeper then you find it easy to sleep early and wake up on time with little to no problem. You find you are most productive before noon.

Bear Sleepers:

Makes up about 55% of the population

Early to bed early to rise sleep type

Feels lethargic without 8 hours of sleep

Extrovert, enjoys conversation and good in coordination

Needs 8 hours of sleep to function

Well with traditional office hours 

Struggle with social life in the evenings.

2. Wolf – Creative and insomniac

Also known as insomniac, the wolf sleeper type tend to find it difficult to wake up in the morning, but feel energetic when they wake up later. They are at their best at noon and their peak productive performance ends about 4 hours later.

Wolf Sleepers:

Makes up to 15% of the population

Classic night owl, creative and introverted

Wakes up late, falls sleep late

Most productive in the late evenings

Actors, authors, musicians, and artists tend to be wolf sleeper

Don’t work well during office hours

Struggle with early morning meetings

3. Lion – Charismatic and early sleeper

The lion type of sleeper is early to bed and early to rise with their performance at its peak till noon. Their bedtime tends to be around 9 PM to 10 PM.

Lion Sleepers:

Makes up to 15% of the population

Early-bird, they tend to wake up between 4.00 AM to 5.00 AM

Most productive in the morning

Highly organized thinkers and doers

Are in a high management position

They like to make lists

Struggle with social life in the evenings.

4. Dolphin – Intelligent and light sleeper

Can you change your sleeping type?

Each sleeping type has advantages and disadvantages. It is difficult to change your sleeping behavior but it is not impossible. You can gently but consistently move toward a healthier sleeping lifestyle by adopting good eating and sleeping habits and reducing unwanted stressors.

For example, if you identify as a Wolf type of sleeper you can jumpstart your day with a high protein breakfast to feel more energetic. Similarly, if you’re a Bear type of sleeper, you can go for a brisk walk when you feel lethargic after lunch to maintain your energy levels.

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Is there any difference between Circadian Rhythms vs. Chronotypes?

Yes, there is a difference between Circadian rhythms and Chronotypes. Both guide you to understand your sleeping patterns and consequently improve your sleep health.

Circadian Rhythm

It is controlled by the brain that makes you feel when to sleep and wake up

It is lowest between 2 AM and 4 AM

Sleep plays an important role in helping you perform your daily tasks. That’s why lifestyle changes that prioritises your sleep is important. Several research suggests that the quality of your sleep affects your learning, moods and judgement.

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