We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, whether you’re in your bed at home or on your RV mattress. Sleep helps us recharge, refresh, and wake up ready to tackle the day. The problem is that we don’t all have the internal clock to guide our days. Our sleep schedules vary from person to person, which is why some people call themselves early birds, and others are night owls. 

Back in the days of cavemen, it made sense for most people to get up with the sun and get a head start on hunting and gathering the food they would need for the day. The early birds kept the food supplies stocked and made sure everyone ate. On the other side, people who slept in later would stay up into the evening and keep watch, guarding others from enemies in the night. Today, early birds and night owls alike focus on finding the right home or camper mattress to help us get the best sleep possible. 

Knowing when you get your best sleep and when you’re most productive can help transform your day-to-day life. I recently came across a quiz to help you determine when that is. It was put together by sleep scientist Dr. Michael Breus, author of the new book, The Power of When. It’s about your “sleep chronotype,” or what category you fall into in relation to your sleep habits. He goes a step beyond when you like to go to bed into how your chronotype affects all kinds of things, from your interactions with other people to your relationship with food. The quiz will fit you into one of four categories – Bear, Wolf, Dolphin, and Lion.

I was classified as a wolf, which means I tend to be a night owl and don’t do well getting up really early. However I am very creative later in the evening and work well then. This doesn’t necessarily line up with how a lot of the world works but I have always found it is easier to work with my genes than against them. The part I found most interesting is that Phillip, my business partner, is a bear. That means he rises early but tends to want to wind down as soon as it gets dark. Far from being a point of contention, he and I use this knowledge to our advantage. He likes to show up to work first thing in the morning, get everything going bright and early, and then go home at five. I, on the other hand, do best when I come in a few hours later but don’t mind working as late as I need to get the job done.

Knowing your sleep chronotype is the first step towards getting a better night’s sleep. If you’re not satisfied with the sleep you’re getting in your camper or RV, you may also need a new camper mattress (internal link to shop). Whether at home or on your RV mattress, make sure to give your body what it is asking for- a good night’s sleep! 

Take the quiz to see your sleep chronotype – https://thepowerofwhenquiz.com/Link to the Bulletproof Radio podcast. Dave Asprey interviews Dr Michael Breus, author of The Power of When and they discuss quiz itself. – https://player.fm/series/1412085/232922794