Morning-haters rejoice, you just might have a (legit) excuse for why you’re such a grump when the sun’s rays shine down on your clenched eyes every morning. Blame your genetics, folks. At least that’s what one new U.K. study is saying.
Researchers at the University of Leicester claim to have found at least 80 different genes connected to ‘morningness’ and ‘eveningness.’ This means morning-lovers share similar genes with each other and the same goes for morning-haters. But before you go blaming your parents every time you’re late, there’s a catch…
The study was conducted on fruit flies. Yes, researchers identified fly strains that exhibit morning- and evening-like behaviour, but don’t lose hope yet. Although the research isn’t, you know, 100 per cent applicable to humans, it turns out we have a lot in common with said insects.
“We have used fruit-flies, whose gene clocks are very similar to human, to get a first insight into the molecular basis of ‘morningness/eveningness’ preference,” researcher Dr. Eran Tauber said in a press release from the University of Leicester. “Because this genetic system is so similar between insects and human, there is a good chance that some of the genes that we have identified in flies, would be also important for diurnal preference in humans.”
So, there you have it. Us morning-haters are basically lord of the sleeping flies. Go figure.