Do you feel tired all the time? Do you seem to need more sleep than your spouse? Could you blame these problems on genetics? Could you have what is being called the sleepiness gene?
A study was recently performed at The University of Pennsylvania Medical School in regards to the gene known as DQB or the sleepiness gene. The study was a relatively small one. Yet, they did discover a few things.
It seems that those who have this gene do in fact:
• Sleep less soundly than those without the gene
• Do not sleep as deeply as those without the gene
• Have less REM sleep than those without the gene
• Felt more fatigued than those without the gene after sleeping the same amount of time.
This proves that this DQB gene, the sleepiness gene can cause disturbances to one sleep patterns and life.
How can you tell if you have this gene?
One major factor is that you seem to need more sleep than those around you. Another factor is that you feel tired even when you seem to be getting a lot of sleep.
Who may get this gene?
Anyone may be born with this gene. In fact, it is estimated that 20% of the population or 1 and 4 people has this gene.
What should you do if you have this gene?
• Try your best to add more sleep to your night.
• Drink more caffeine on those days that you need an extra jolt of energy (if you can drink caffeine)
• Discuss this problem with your doctor if your tiredness seems to be disrupting your life a lot. You may be wrong in your diagnosis. You may indeed have a health condition that can be treated, especially if your sleep pattern doesn’t seem to be improving any.
What shouldn’t you being doing?
• Drinking close to bedtime. Never drink caffeine or alcohol within 3 hours before bedtime.
• Allowing your pets to sleep with you. They are cute and cuddly. But they can disrupt your sleep
• Do not head straight to bed after work. Allow your body and mind a chance to unwind first.
If you think you may have the sleeping gene and it is disrupting your life, try to add more sleep time to your schedule. If this doesn’t help any, remember to speak to your doctor. A good night’s sleep is vital for your health and your mood.