What is a B-person?
Every person is endowed with a “clock gene” called PERIOD3, which controls our circadian rhythm, i.e. the roughly 24 hour-long sleep-wake cycle of animals, body temperature, hormone levels, blood pressure and heart activity. In other words, this gene tells us basically when to wake up, when to rest and how well to perform.
Scientific studies have confirmed that different people have their clock gene “set differently”, so to speak. Thus, some have a shorter variant of the gene, while others have a longer one.
A typical A-person, also known as the “morning lark”, awakes naturally between 4-8 in the morning, and starts to grow tired automatically after 10pm. B-people on the other hand, known otherwise as “owls”, are said to have a longer circadian rhythm, which means their typical day consists not of 24 hours, but of 27-28 hours. This means that they tend to stay up longer, because their clock gene tells them it is not time for bed yet and conversely that they need to stay in bed longer in the morning.
This clock gene has in other words a deep impact on sleep patterns and performance for each individual. If the circadian rhythm is interfered with, such as in cases of sleep deprivation or performance pressure for a longer standing period, it can have great cause for concern for the person’s well-being.
So far, human society has been supporting the A-person “gene”, most evident in the 9-5-work setting. B-people have struggled every day, to awake and perform their best in the morning, and because they have to get up earlier than their body tells them too, they loose out on daily sleep, are far more liable for health problems, and perform worse than their A-co-workers.
We work towards setting all people free to work, when they feel at their best and to rest, when they need to.