Are you a Night Owl, a Morning Lark or a Hummingbird?


Are you a Night Owl, a Morning Lark, or a Hummingbird? Take the quiz to find out.

The timing of our sleep is governed by our internal body clock known as the circadian rhythm. But not everyone’s circadian rhythm acts in the same way. Scientists have shown that we have a biological tenancy to prefer staying up later, waking up earlier, or have what’s considered a normal sleep pattern.


The Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire below is a popular test used by sleep doctors to assess whether or not a patient is a night owl, a morning lark, or in between, (a hummingbird), and to what extent.


To take the test, answer the following questions.  The test assumes you have a regular sleep schedule, but if you don’t, answer the questions with the timing of your preferred sleep schedule free from any commitments.



MORNINGNESS-EVENINGNESS QUESTIONNAIRE (MEQ)

Instructions:
Please read each question very carefully before answering.
Please answer each question as honestly as possible.
Answer ALL questions.
Each question should be answered independently of others. Do NOT go back and check your answers.

1. What time would you get up if you were entirely free to plan your day?
5:00 – 6:30 AM 5
6:30 – 7:45 AM 4
7:45 – 9:45 AM 3
9:45 – 11:00 AM 2
11:00 AM – 12 NOON 1
12 NOON – 5:00 AM 0

2. What time would you go to bed if you were entirely free to plan your evening?
8:00 – 9:00 PM 5
9:00 – 10:15 PM 4
10:15 PM – 12:30 AM 3
12:30 – 1:45 AM 2
1:45 – 3:00 AM 1
3:00 AM – 8:00 PM 0

3. If there is a specific time at which you have to get up in the morning, to what extent do you depend on being woken up by an alarm clock?
Not at all dependent 4
Slightly dependent 3
Fairly dependent 2
Very dependent 1

4. How easy do you find it to get up in the morning (when you are not woken up unexpectedly)?
Not at all easy 1
Not very easy 2
Fairly easy 3
Very easy 4


5. How alert do you feel during the first half hour after you wake up in the morning?
Not at all alert 1
Slightly alert 2
Fairly alert 3
Very alert 4

6. How hungry do you feel during the first half-hour after you wake up in the morning?
Not at all hungry 1
Slightly hungry 2
Fairly hungry 3
Very hungry 4

7. During the first half-hour after you wake up in the morning, how tired do you feel?
Very tired 1
Fairly tired 2
Fairly refreshed 3
Very refreshed 4

8. If you have no commitments the next day, what time would you go to bed compared to your usual bedtime?
Seldom or never later 4
Less than one hour later 3
1-2 hours later 2
More than two hours later 1

9. You have decided to engage in some physical exercise. A friend suggests that you do this for one hour twice a week and the best time for him is between 7:00 – 8:00 am. Bearing in mind nothing but your own internal “clock”, how do you think you would perform?
Would be in good form 4
Would be in reasonable form 3
Would find it difficult 2
Would find it very difficult 1

10. At what time of day do you feel you become tired as a result of need for sleep?
8:00 – 9:00 PM 5
9:00 – 10:15 PM 4
10:15 PM – 12:45 AM 3
12:45 – 2:00 AM 2
2:00 – 3:00 AM 1

11. You want to be at your peak performance for a test that you know is going to be mentally exhausting and will last for two hours. You are entirely free to plan your day. Considering only your own internal “clock”, which ONE of the four testing times would you choose?
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 4
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 3
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 2
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 1

12. If you got into bed at 11:00 PM, how tired would you be?
Not at all tired 1
A little tired 2
Fairly tired 3
Very tired 4

13. For some reason you have gone to bed several hours later than usual, but there is no need to get up at any particular time the next morning. Which ONE of the following are you most likely to do?
Will wake up at usual time, but will NOT fall back asleep 4
Will wake up at usual time and will doze thereafter 3
Will wake up at usual time but will fall asleep again 2
Will NOT wake up until later than usual 1
14. One night you have to remain awake between 4:00 – 6:00 AM in order to carry out a night watch. You have no commitments the next day. Which ONE of the alternatives will suite you best?
Would NOT go to bed until watch was over 1
Would take a nap before and sleep after 2
Would take a good sleep before and nap after 3
Would sleep only before watch 4

15. You have to do two hours of hard physical work. You are entirely free to plan your day and considering only your own internal “clock” which ONE of the following time would you choose?
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 4
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 3
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 2
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 1
16. You have decided to engage in hard physical exercise. A friend suggests that you do this for one hour twice a week and the best time for him is between 10:00 – 11:00 PM. Bearing in mind nothing else but your own internal “clock” how well do you think you would perform?
Would be in good form 1
Would be in reasonable form 2
Would find it difficult 3
Would find it very difficult 4

17. Suppose that you can choose your own work hours. Assume that you worked a FIVE hour day (including breaks) and that your job was interesting and paid by results). Which FIVE CONSECUTIVE HOURS would you select?
5 hours starting between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM 5
5 hours starting between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM 4
5 hours starting between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM 3
5 hours starting between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM 2
5 hours starting between 5:00 PM and 4:00 AM 1

18. At what time of the day do you think that you reach your “feeling best” peak?
5:00 – 8:00 AM 5
8:00 – 10:00 AM 4
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 3
5:00 – 10:00 PM 2
10:00 PM – 5:00 AM 1

19. One hears about “morning” and “evening” types of people. Which ONE of these types do you consider yourself to be?
Definitely a “morning” type 6
Rather more a “morning” than an “evening” type 4
Rather more an “evening” than a “morning” type 2
Definitely an “evening” type 0

Score Result
16 – 30 Definitely Evening Type
31 – 41 Moderately Evening Type
42 – 58 Neither Type
59 – 69 Moderately Morning Type
70 – 86 Definitely Morning Type

It’s understood that 70% of us are neither larks or owls, and have what can be considered to be a normal sleep routine. 20% of us are night owls, with a preference for staying up late into the night, and sleep in late as a result. 10% are considered morning larks, people who feel their best early morning, often falling asleep earlier than most.

Whether we are larks or owls tends to change as we age. Teenagers and adolescents are more likely to be night owls, and as we get older, we have a natural tendency to become morning larks. So if you retake this test in a few years’ time, you might find your result has shifted one way or another.


Knowing whether you’re a night owl, morning lark or neither can be worked towards your advantage. Night owls are more productive during the night, where as morning larks are more productive during the morning. By scheduling high intensity tasks at your peak times you can effectively get more done. If you have flexible work commitments you may find it useful to either shift your sleep timing forwards or backwards to best take advantage of your most productive times.


Society is traditionally morning centric with early morning appointments or commitments being the norm. This however does seem to be changing with a new shift into 24 hour lifestyles. People can now work and rest at whatever time they want. Targeting job opportunities that provide the best match for your sleep pattern can give you a distinct advantage in the workplace.
There are some important considerations to keep in mind. Hardcore owls or larks have a higher risk of developing a circadian rhythm disorder, when they stay up later and later or go to bed earlier and earlier, until their sleep pattern gets out of control. This can be an issue for owls who need to be up in the morning, or for larks who need to stay awake into the evening. If you’re a hardcore lark or owl, take great care not to let your sleep pattern slip too much in any one direction.


If you would like more information about Dr. Headlee’s amazing 3 step proprietary process called the Holistic Sleep Solution or to schedule a sleep consultation call his office at 218-333-8811.