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Night Owl or Early Bird?

I just read an article on eMax Health entitled “Bipolar Disorder Linked to Genes of Biological Clock.” The article cites a study presented at the Eighth International Conference on bipolar disorder, suggesting that “abnormalities in the genes that control circadian rhythms (rhythms of approximately 24 hours, also called biological clock) contribute to the development of bipolar disorder (manic depression).”

Just about everyone living with bipolar disorder knows the importance of establishing a regular sleep routine to help maintain mood stability. But this study suggests that establishing such a routine may be more challenging for those with bipolar disorder than for those without the condition.

If you have bipolar disorder, would you consider yourself a night owl or an early bird? Do you feel as though your biological clock is in sync or out of sync with the rest of the world around you? If you feel it is out of sync, what do you do, if anything, to cope or perhaps even take advantage of the situation?

Night Owl or Early Bird?

Joe Kraynak

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Kraynak, J. (2009). Night Owl or Early Bird?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from


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