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Your Hair Reveals Whether You're a Morning Person


Health & Wellness  (tags: science, genetics, sleep )

Michelle
- 1583 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
Early bird or late riser? The mysteries of your sleep cycle may be unlocked by the hairs on your head, a new study says. That's because the genes that regulate our body clocks can be found in hair-follicle cells, researchers have discovered.



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gail dair (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 11:41 pm
noted thanks
 

Ana S. (70)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:51 am
Early bird!
 

Heather Rasm (5)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 2:48 am
Interesting! Thanks for the article!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:16 am
noted...thanks Michelle. Now I know I can't help it that I'm not a morning person (and my husband is)...it's in my genes.
 

(0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:23 am
Noted. Thank you, Michelle.
 

Michele Hollow (185)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:31 am
I'm definitely a morning person. Always have been.
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:56 am
Hair keeps growing after you died through the follicles. I wonder it that means that shometimes after I am dead, someone can discover it I am a morning person or a night owl. Interesting. Thank you.
 

Carole K. (200)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:10 am
Just 4 test subjects?! Come on! Hardly conclusive evidence of ANYTHING......
 

Avonne L. (7)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 11:22 am
It's always morning somewhere! Thank you, Michelle.
 

Karen B. (10)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:58 pm
I wish I could throw my alarm clock in the yard! I've never been a morning person, ever, and probably never will be. You don't need to pull my hair to find that out. :0)
 

Toni C. (508)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:58 pm
I am definitely not an early morning person, and therefore have always worked the 3-11 or 4-midnight shift at work, no matter what I was doing. Just goes to show, people have different habits and ways of doing things. We can't all be molded into clones.
 

Jane H. (138)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:30 pm
Interesting
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:38 pm
I'm not sure what I think of this sort of testing. Somehow it worries me to be reshaped to fit in a square hole.
 

chiari l. (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:44 pm
hmmm...
 

(0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 2:30 pm
Interesting.
I used to be more of a night person, but in the past 20+ years I've learned to love the very early morning hours when the day is fresh and cool and I can get everything done early and have the rest of the day to myself.
Of course, I go to bed at 9pm....but in AZ, even prime time on tv starts an hour earlier....and we don't change our clocks in the spring and fall.
 

Lyne F. (87)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:03 pm
Ah, scientific proof that I am more productive in the afternoon and evening... and not a lazy bum/princess/sleepy head/chronic procrastinator, etc. :0))
 

Trish K. (93)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:27 pm
Everyone has a right to spend their money on anything they want. I think I would have spent that research money and time on anything that could have helped someone or something.
 

Penelope Ryan (177)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:35 pm
Interesting, thanks Michelle
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 4:39 pm
No need for hair research, I know I'm not a morning person!
 

Bracha Kay (31)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:22 pm
I am a morning person, these days I am getting up at 5 am. Thanks Michelle
 

. (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:32 pm
Interesting, but I'm an early bird now, and I used to be a late bird.
 

Melanie Clark (13)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:51 pm
I'm a night person, so I usually get up late. However, I have to get early and literally force myself because I have school in the morning. Other than this, I'd be sleeping late with my husband and kids.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:18 pm
I think alot had to do with living in caves. while the day shift slept, the nightowls kept watch for saber tooths and cave bears. By the way...what about bald people?
 

Mehdi H. (27)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:35 pm
noted
 

anne barusta (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:28 pm
too simple
 

Alice B. (241)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 9:17 pm
NOTED. Unfortunately, the greed-driven CRAPITALIST system running things here in the USA doesn't allow much at all for personal health/sleep needs. It's been proven that society's full/meaningful employment only requires about 3 hours of job-type work per day, with hours of rest & relaxation, self/education and social/creative-expression activities filling in the gap. But robber-baron profiteering does not permit such a humane way of life. Instead we have wage slavery on the one hand, and human trafficking on the other hand. And the attendant torture and oppression of all other animals, domestic and wild. Such a horrid and unnecessary cruel waste of life and of living....
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (283)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 11:25 pm
Yes my hair told me ages ago I am not a morning person :)
 

Ioana Vasilescu (5)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:40 am
really?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:41 am
What about bald people? And is this what's known as "bed head"? :)
 

NICKY MELVILLE (119)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:07 am
Who started the myth that it is so virtuous to be a morning person? I am NOT a morning person, by nature and I am sure that my hair would agree with that! However, I do not go round looking smug and self-satisfied that I am still firing on all cylinders at midnight, whilst my nauseatingly early rising friends are zonked out! It is just a fact that they act so blooming smug and It really bugs me! What I say is......." Way to go, night owls! "
 

Denise P. (65)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:34 am
I'm not convinced. Noted anyway!
 

Sharon F. (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:23 am
Maybe they should study hair for more useful info e.g. what diseases a person is prone to??!
 

Chelsea Houston (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:21 am
i couldn't be an early bird if i wanted.
 

Patricia H. (4)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 9:38 am
After having to be a morning person for years..5 kids to get raised and a job where I had to be to work at 5 a.m...when I retired I just said," I won't do mornings anymore". Even out at our medical clinic when they go to schudule me they say.."oh, thats right, you don't do mornings". I can if I absolutely have to...for one or two days..then I have to sleep later.
 

Beth C. (8)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:21 am
AM not a morning person although for so many years I had to be. I tend to stay up late in the summer and sleep even later. Now that school is starting soon I shall have to practice getting up early so on that first day of school I am up to get my great neice to school on time..but then it is back to bed for a nap!! I really don't care when my hair grows just that is still does.
 

Lucy Wingate (83)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:37 am
I am most definitely NOT a moring person! I used to have the hardest time going to classes at 8 A.M. in the morning. But I truly am a night owl and feel much better in the late afternoons and evenings. This was an interesting article!
 

Charmaine C. (176)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 9:44 am
Thanks. Interesting information.
 

Marıanna M. (0)
Monday August 30, 2010, 8:52 am
ok
 

Trayce Olsen (0)
Tuesday August 31, 2010, 2:14 pm
Noted and thanks---All the Researchers have to do instead of pulling my hair out is JUST ASK ME AND I'LL TELL YOU...LOLOLOLOL
 

Michelle Matthews (287)
Tuesday August 31, 2010, 4:14 pm
Trayce Olsen, Hahaha ... that is so true and, coincidentally, so funny. I guess they have to justify their salaries somehow. :-)
 

Michelle Matthews (287)
Tuesday August 31, 2010, 4:15 pm
I was also wondering, do you suppose a hair transplant would change your body's timetable?
 
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