Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
Short sleepers don't usually have trouble falling asleep.
Do you like to hit snooze on your alarm?
Short sleepers naturally wake up before 7 am without the need for an alarm.
Do you always feel rested when you first wake up in the morning?
About one-third of US adults suffer from sleep deprivation and get less than the 7-8 hours of sleep they need. This chronic problem can lead to numerous health conditions.
Do you normally wake up early without an alarm clock, even on weekends and vacations?
Are other members of your family short sleepers?
The Sleepless Elite gene (hDEC2) is often inherited. If you have a parent that is a short sleeper, then you are much more likely to be one too.
Do you have a high metabolism?
Metabolism is the chemical process of the human body to process nutrients and waste.
Are you an early bird?
Short sleepers usually go to bed after midnight and wake up between 5-7 am without an alarm clock.
Do you sleep less during the week and longer on the weekends?
If you are sleep deprived, then your body will need to catch up on missing sleep. Short sleepers don't require this.
Do you always wake up refreshed and wide awake?
Do you have an unsually high tolerance for physical pain?
People with Short Sleeper Syndrome usually have a much higher tolerance for pain. Some will even deny pain killers while having major dental work performed.
Do you like to sleep in?
Are you upbeat, optimistic, and outgoing?
Most short sleepers have hypomania, a slight form of mania which typically consists of elation and hyperactivity. Common traits include a high-energy personality, optimism, natural multitaskers, and very upbeat and outgoing.
How would you classify your body weight?
Most members of the Sleepless Elite are thin. Researchers don't know yet if this is because they all have fast metabolisms or if it's a result of their active lifestyles.
Are you a night owl?
Short sleepers usually go to bed after midnight. They will use their extra time while others are sleeping to work on productive tasks. Common activities including writing books, working on side projects, or learning new skills.
Do you ever nap during the day?
Members of the Sleepless Elite don't nap during the day.
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