4 Different Sleep Types | Dr. Michael Breus


Hi, I’m Dr. Michael Breus. Some of you may know
me as The Sleep Doctor. I’ve spent the last 19 years
seeing patients, doing research, and educating everyone on the
benefits of a good night’s sleep. You may have seen me on TV shows like
Dr. Oz,Oprah, and theTodayshow. I’ve also had the good fortune
to write three bestselling books which all address sleep
but in very unique ways. Everybody needs sleep. We all know that. But what a lot of people didn’t
realize is that everybody’s sleep needs are different. The concept of needing 8 hours
of sleep every night is a myth. Just look at the map. We know that the average sleep
cycle is approximately 90 minutes and the average person
has five of these cycles. If you look closely, you’ll see
that this equation leads to only seven and a half hours of sleep. Personally, I sleep from midnight to
about 6:30, and I’ve been this way my entire adult life. Let’s bust that myth today. Everybody’s sleep need is different. Another aspect of your sleep that
is personalized is your chronotype. Everyone has different chronotypes. You may not know this word, but you
probably understand the concept. Think about somebody being called
an early bird or a night owl. Those are chronotypes. Chronotypes are our internal
rhythms that are biologically set, and it’s your unique wiring,
known as your sleep chronotype, that determines what your most
energetic times of the day will be. Using this example, some
people are early birds. They rise early and are very active
during the early morning hours. Other of us are night owls. We sleep late and are much more active
in the evenings and late at night. There’s been some fascinating studies done
on the these different types of people. For example, a study showed that night
owls tend to be more intelligent even when tested in the early morning hours. And night owls also have the tendency to
have more sex, although that’s probably because we’re up late at night. They handle caffeine much
better than early birds. Early birds have a much harder time
sleeping when they’ve consumed caffeine throughout the day. But before you decide I’m just a night owl
fan, you should also know that night owls are much more likely to engage in
substance abuse like alcohol and smoking than early birds. Night owls also tend to be less happy. They’re also the biggest risk takers
which can lead to some severe problems. Early birds are often what many
people claim to be, when in fact, they’re really not. Only 15% of people are true early birds,
and they tend to be very successful. They’re often managers or in management
and they are very healthy and health-conscious and extremely productive. Now, I don’t call them night
owls, I call them wolves. And I don’t call them early
birds, I call them lions. I’ve broken up the chronotypes into four
separate categories and given them animals that mimic the closest
behaviors to those types. The bear. Bears’ internal clocks
rise and fall with the sun. They usually need a full
eight hours of sleep at night. It’s the majority of the population. The wolf, and that’s me, have a
hard time waking up in the morning and are most active at night. The lion. The lion tends to wake
up really early with lots of energy, but they’re exhausted by early evening. And the dolphin. These
are my light sleepers who are often diagnosed with insomnia. Now, each chronotype affects how much
sleep you need, your optimal routine, and what time you’re most productive,
among many other factors. If you want to learn to sleep like a
champion and optimize your sleep for increased energy and productivity,
sign up to my upcoming masterclass with Mindvalley. You’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time. See you at the masterclass. ♪ [music] ♪

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