Creature of the Night? Those Habits Could be Because Your Genes

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Are you a night owl? New research shows it may be because of your genetics.

FOX's Alex Hein has 'Housecall for Health':

This is Housecall for Health.

Are you a night owl desperately seeking to become a early bird? Well, unfortunately, it could be a matter of genes. But thanks to researchers, there may be hope on the horizon.

In a recent study, researchers looked at 70 people from six families and found that a genetic mutation was common among those who were diagnosed with delayed sleep phase disorder. The condition causes the circadian clock to run behind so they wake up later than normal and stay up well into the night.

All of the so-called night owls had the mutation, while those who had a normal sleep schedule did not.

The researchers noted this is the first genetic mutation associated with DSPD and published their findings in the journal Cell.

Finding such a link could open doors to finding treatment, or ways to manipulate these genes so that night owls could have a solution to developing a sleep schedule that aligns more regularly with daily activity.

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Housecall for Health, I'm Alex Hein, FOX News.

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