Are you an owl or a lark? A chronotype quiz.

A person's chronotype indicates how a person may perform at different times of day. Some people ('larks') find themselves most alert earlier in the day, and will go to bed early. 'Owls' may be most alert at night and prefer to go to bed late. Recent research from the London School of Economics suggests that 'owls' tend to have higher IQs, but a 2006 study by psychologist Marina Giampietro found that late risers may be more likely to suffer from depression. Studies at the University of Bologna have shown that 'larks' may be more conscientious people. Early birds, of course, also get the worm.

Where do you fall on morning-evening spectrum? Are you a lark or an owl? Take the quiz and add up your points to find out:

1.If you were entirely free to plan your evening and had no commitments the next day, at what time would you choose to go to bed?

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1. 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ....... 5 points
2. 9:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. ..... 4 points
3. 10:15 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. ... 3 points
4. 12:30 a.m. - 1:45 a.m. ..... 2 points
5. 1:45 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. ....... 1 point

You have to do 2 hours physically hard work. If you were entirely free to plan your day, in which of the following periods would you choose to do the work?

  1. 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ... 4 points
  2. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ... 3 points
  3. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ..... 2 points
  4. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm. ...... 1 point

For some reason you have gone to bed several hours later than normal, but there is no need to get up at a particular time the next morning. Which of the following is most likely to occur?

  1. Will wake up at the usual time and not fall asleep again ... 4 points
  2. Will wake up at the usual time and doze thereafter ........... 3 points
  3. Will wake up at the usual time but will fall asleep again .... 2 points
  4. Will not wake up until later than usual ............................... 1 point

You have a 2 hour test to take which you know will be mentally exhausting. If you were entirely free to choose, in which of the following periods would you choose to take the test?

  1. 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ... 4 points
  2. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm ..... 3 points
  3. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ..... 2 points
  4. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ..... 1 point

If you had no commitments the next day and were entirely free to plan your own day, what time would you get up?

  1. 5:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. ..... 5 points
  2. 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. ..... 4 points
  3. 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ..... 3 points
  4. 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. .... 2 points
  5. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m ... 1 point

A friend has asked you to join him twice a week for a workout in the gym. The best time for him is between 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. Bearing nothing else in mind other than how you normally feel in the evening, how do you think you would perform?

  1. Very well ................1 points
  2. Reasonably well ... 2 points
  3. Poorly ................... 3 points
  4. Very poorly ........... 4 points

One hears about 'morning' and 'evening' types of people. Which of these types do you consider yourself to be ?

  1. Definitely morning type .......................... 6 points
  2. More a morning than an evening type ... 4 points
  3. More an evening than a morning type ... 2 points
  4. Definitely an evening type ..................... 0 points

Now add the scores together to get your total and compare your total score with the table below to get an idea of your chronotype:

  1. Definitely morning type ..... 32 - 28 points
  2. Moderately morning type ... 27 - 23 points
  3. Neither type ...................... 22 - 16 points
  4. Moderately evening type ... 15 - 11 points
  5. Definitely evening type ...... 10 - 6 points