Which Sleep "Personality" Are You?
According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, there are five sleep “personality” types. The categories are based on sleep habits and more than 40 other factors, including age, marital status, gender, employment status, medical conditions, self-reported fatigue, and consumption of caffeinated beverages.
People in this category are getting the right amount of sleep and usually feel great. They generally don’t suffer from fatigue or tiredness during the day. The age of this groups skews on the younger side, and often these people are married or partnered and working full-time. Typically these people are self-described “morning people,” and have not been diagnosed with any medical conditions.
This group consists of older adults, average age 60, and they get the most sleep out of any of the personality types. They average 7.3 hours a sleep a night, compared to 6.8 hours for the overall population. Not only do these people usually get a good night’s sleep, but they also take a nap or two during the week. They rarely feel tired or fatigued during the day, but have typically been diagnosed with at least one medical condition.
The people in this group are most likely to be partnered and usually work more than 40 hours a week. In addition, these people often do job-related work within an hour of bedtime. They tend to get less sleep than other groups because they are early risers. As a result, more than a third of this group feels tired or fatigued at least three days a week.
The people in this group are evening people, or owls. They are typically employed, but not necessarily in a regular day shift, and have the longest work week of all groups. This group sleeps less than the others, but naps more, and can function well with fewer hours of sleep at night. These people also believe they get more sleep than they need.
This group is made up mostly of owls, and people who believe they have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia. They are also more likely to be tired or fatigued during the day. This group also finds sleep disorders have affected their relationship with their partner.