Are You A Food Person Or A Sleep Person?

“There are only two type of people in the world: food people and sleep people.”

This is a bold statement for a highly viewed youtube video (thanks, Boy Jessie). Though I proclaim myself as a sleep person–I’m crankier without sleep than without food–this commentator and myself would be placed on opposite spectrums of the Morning-Eveningness Questionnaire; a subjective self-report test utilized in sleep studies to determine an individual’s preferences for rise and bedtimes in the absence of stress (I have to be at work, I have to wake up earlier to work out before work, I have a long day at work and therefore, I need to start earlier, etc. etc.). In my case, I am a moderate lark in that I naturally awake early, go to bed early, and am a pleasant (in fact, hyper) person in the morning. This guy is a moderate owl, and may have the male equivalent of PMS if he is asked to complete a task before 11 am.

Which are you: a food or a sleep person? And what is your rise and bedtime preference?


7 Responses

  1. I’m definitely a food person, because I can get up early and be moderately alert all day. However, I can also go a while without eating, so maybe I’m just awesome.

    • Perhaps you should join my friend’s group on Facebook; Yeah, I’m Kind of a Big Deal.

  2. i took the survey and am in the neither category — neither morning, nor evening…am I doomed…or just a freak…?

    • Hi Mark!

      There actually is a neither category on the Morning-Eveningness questionnaire, and in fact, most people fall into that category. But what makes you crankier without? Food or sleep?

      I’m going to the Sci Fi museum today in Seattle. Apparently, they recently added a Battlestar exhibit with memoribilia from the show. I will def take pictures!

  3. I am sooo a sleep person that I’m off the MEQ’s map. Even have a diagnosis to prove it: Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome (recently advanced to Disorder, but we still call it DSPS). So I’m finding your blog very interesting and will keep on exploring it. Wish I’d known more about this stuff at a younger age, but circadian rhythms weren’t understood and DSPS not invented yet when I was a kid. If you see any bad science on my blog, please tell me about it, thanks!

    • I will certainly read your blog too! If you don’t mind me asking are you taking any sort of melatonin meds (Ramelteon), using blue light therapy, and/or have simply adjusted your daily schedule to it?

      By the way, I was reading your blog post before last; “researchers mentioned in this blog.” I’m wondering if you have read any articles by Mary A. Carskadon. She was my undergraduate advisor and her research is somewhat pertinent to yours. She was the first person to discover that adolescents have a biological tendency to delay bedtime and risetime throughout puberty. It’s related to a change in the timing of melatonin release. But your right, if you don’t “grow out of it” by the time you are 20, it could be a circadian disorder. Talk to you later.

      • Have taken melatonin nightly for over 5 years (since diagnosis), use light box (10 000 lux at 60 cm.) and see my sleep specialist every other month. Neither he nor I are satisfied with the results even though I’m only aiming to be up by 1 p.m.

        I haven’t added researchers until I quote them on something. Just got ’round to Czeisler. Carskadon should be there and, staying on the distaff side, so should Josefine Arendt & Phyllis Zee. There’s plenty to do, and the progress in the field the last two-three decades has been amazing.

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