What’s Your Chronotype?

You’ve heard about star signs and have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test (more than once, if you’re like us!), but do you know what your chronotype is?

Your chronotype refers to your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and the times you feel most energized. Knowing which category you fall into can help you learn when your optimum bedtime should be, what time to set your alarm in the morning, and when to plan your most high-focus activities. By understanding and taking cues from your body’s natural rhythms, you can enjoy better rest and more productive days. 

Each chronotype is named after an animal – the bear, the wolf, the lion, and the dolphin – and reflects that animal’s patterns and behaviors. Let’s unpack each one together so you can get to know your chronotype and start making the most of your days and nights. 

 

The Bear

The Bear is the most common chronotype, making up more than 50% of the population. Like actual bears, those who fall into this category have sleep-wake cycles that mirror the solar cycle. They typically find it easy to wake up and fall asleep, and are most productive in the morning. While Bears typically enjoy a continuous flow of energy throughout the day, they can experience a small afternoon slump around 2 - 4 pm. Their biggest issue, however, is interruptions to their usually consistent sleep schedules, such as jet lag or big weekend plans. To combat this, we recommend using a tool like the Radiance Light No.1 to help your mind and body get the light they need year-round, and aiming for a regular 8 hours of sleep each night.

The best schedule for a Bear looks like:

  • Wake up: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Peak focus: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
  • Go to bed: 11:00 pm 

 

The Wolf

Like the traditional “night owl”, Wolves feel most creative later in the day. They often struggle to wake up in the morning and find they don’t become truly productive until the sun sets at night. This means they can struggle to wind down in the evening or feel alert before noon. While it would be ideal for Wolves to embrace their somewhat nocturnal schedules when possible, a morning pick-me-up like the Matcha Brain Buzz can help you get through those early morning meanings. And when you’re ready to relax at night, a soothing remedy like the Mineral Sleep Tincture can make the transition from peak productivity to sleep a little easier. 

The best schedule for a Wolf looks like:

  • Wake up: 7:30 am - 9:00 am 
  • Peak focus: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Go to bed: 12:00 am 

 

The Lion

Forget about the early bird – it’s all about the Lion now! A proud “morning person”, the Lion loves to wake up early and feels motivated to complete large amounts of work before noon. However, their energy typically dwindles in the afternoon and evening, with many Lions requiring a power nap in the afternoon before turning in for the night earlier than most. If this sounds like you, turn to a natural energy-booster like the B12 Awake Patch after lunch to help you power through your afternoon tasks without the worry of a caffeine crash. 

The best schedule for a Lion looks like:

  • Wake up: 6:00 am - 7:00 am 
  • Peak focus: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Go to bed: 10:00 pm 

 

The Dolphin

Dolphins are the rarest chronotype and are named after animals that sleep with part of their brain still on the alert for predators. That’s right; Dolphins often struggle with insomnia, and sensitivity to factors like light and noise can make it difficult for them to stick to a regular sleep schedule. A resource like The Sleep & CBT-I Workbook, a six-week program created by experts, can help you understand and overcome your unique obstacles to quality sleep. 

The best schedule for a Dolphin looks like:

  • Wake up: 6:30 am - 7:30 am
  • Peak focus: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
  • Go to bed: 11:30 pm

Favorites for Every Chronotype

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Radiance Light No. 1
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The Good Patch B12 Awake Front
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Wylde One Matcha Brain Buzz Box 10 Packets
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The Sleep & CBT-I Workbook
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Sleep Tincture