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DNA may determine if you’re an early bird or night owl

11:36am, February 2, 2016

Certain genetic tweaks stand out in the DNA of people who describe themselves as early risers. 

Being a morning person could be in your genes.

Certain genetic variations occur more frequently in people who self-identify as having an early-to-bed, early-to-rise lifestyle, a study of DNA from about 89,000 people has found.

Researchers found 15 different spots in the genetic script that were likely to vary between morning people and evening people. Seven of these genetic swaps occurred near genes involved in regulating a person’s daily cycles, or circadian rhythm.

Morning people, who were more likely to be female, were less likely than night people to have insomnia or sleep apnea. But such conditions didn’t appear to be directly controlled by any of the genetic tweaks found in the study, published February 2 in Nature Communications

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