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In my younger days, I had the after-hours gene active. Left to my own schedule I went to bed at 3:00 AM and woke at 11:00 AM. Even later in life I would "hit the wall" around 3-4:00 AM.

In my thirties I had to spend several years getting up at 5:00 AM. Since that time I have had little trouble getting up, though often tired, and as I have aged, I am starting to revert to the later bedtimes. It doesn't help that my work life requires the similar early risetimes.

Both my sons are/were the same way. The younger son, however, was one of those people who could go forever on restricted hours of sleep.

All the reading I have done in this area indicates there are three classes of people, early birds, after-hours, and night-owls, corresponding to day, swing, and night shifts.

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