Chronobiology provides us with many important insights into
What chronotype are you?
In order to find out which sleep type you belong to, you first have to know when chronobiologists speak of an owl and when of a lark. There are a few clues to this.
You are considered to be in the range of “lark” chronotypes if during vacation
You are considered to be an “owl” chronotype if during vacation
Depending on your chronotype, you have your cognitive and physical highs at different times of the day, and your lows at other times of the day. Everyone has certainly already noticed at some point in their own lives that performance during training at 6 a.m. is different than at 5 p.m. The background to this is the physiological and biochemical processes in our body that depend on the time of day and are driven by an internal circadian clock (see: chronobiology): the concentration of important hormones in our body is also subject to a rhythm that is dependent on the time of day:
A disruption of the circadian rhythms of these hormones, e.g. due to jetlag, will inevitably lead to reduced performance on the day of the competition. Since the phase of the hormone rhythms also depends on your chronotype, you should know whether you are a lark or more of an owl and adjust the phase of your body clock accordingly to the start time, if you want to train efficiently and get your maximum performance on the day of the competition.
Get up early on Sunday and soak up the sun - Interview with Prof. Jörg Stehle on changing to daylight-saving-time.