Find Out What Your Genes Say Are Your Best Sleep Habits — Phosphorus
The Phosphorus ONE genetic test is the first genetic test that looks into the understood genetics of sleep. Discover if you are a deeper or lighter sleeper, why you might be a night owl or morning person, and whether you simply need more or less hours than the average person.
What can my genes tell me about my sleep patterns?
Sleep is an essential function for all of us. While we spend > 33% of our lives in our bed, sleep is sadly an often overlooked part of our annual health check-ups. Aberrations can be warning signs for greater health issues.
More generally, each of us is better off when we get the proper amount of sleep. Studies have demonstrated that with the right amount of sleep, one has a greater ability to fight of infections, lower rates of illness, higher performance at work, and overall greater happiness when our brain gets in its proper snooze.
Society puts a lot of pressure on us that causes us to devalue time in bed, and even neglect our sleep. It’s not abnormal for the average American to experience some, or even long bouts, of sleep deprivation. Corporate cultures place high value on ‘the early bird gets the worm’ yet some of us just are not natural early birds.
What does the PhosphorusONE test look for, and how can I use this information?
While our understanding of sleep still has a long way to go, The PhosphorusONE genetic test is able to provide a few answers as to how some of us ideally should be sleeping:
This information can be both powerful and empowering: some of us need to go easier on ourselves when it comes to sleep. If you’re a shallower sleeper who needs more hours per night, perhaps a pair of earbuds when you sleep is the way to go? If you’re a night owl and need those extra few hours, perhaps you can shift your working hours to optimize your sleep?
While these traits are great places to start, at Phosphorus we’re also actively looking at other aspects of sleep in an attempt to understand them as well:
What happens if the test comes back with a concern?
At Phosphorus, we offer the opportunity to speak to a Board Certified Genetic Counselor. This is a complimentary service to better help you understand your results and risk.
You can then take the conversation you’ve had with our Genetic Counselor and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss ways to modify your current lifestyle.
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Originally published at https://www.phosphorus.com on December 4, 2019.