It was board-certified sleep specialist Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., who coined the four sleep chronotypes, so we asked him for a thorough rundown of bears and their needs. And as he tells mbg, they’re actually the most common sleep type out there.
“The entire world operates on a bear’s schedule,” he says, noting this is because there appears to be quite a lot of them out there. (About 55% of people, based on the 1.5 million people who have taken Breus’ chronotype quiz online). Bears are characterized by waking and sleeping with the sun, so they’re definitely not night owls, preferring to wake up relatively early.
Breus further explains that the quiz has identified a handful of key personality traits for bears: cautiousness, a tendency for extroversion, friendliness, being “easy to talk to,” and open-mindedness. “Some of the behaviors they appear to endorse,” he adds, “include avoiding conflict, hoping to be healthy (and often falling short), prioritizing happiness, and not liking a lot of change.”