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Poll: Most Adults Are "Morning People"

Are you at your best in the morning? Then you've got lots of company from other "morning people," according to a new Gallup poll.

In the poll, some 1,000 U.S. adults were asked when they're at their best on a typical day. Their answers:

  • Morning (5 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.): 55 percent

  • Afternoon (noon to 4:59 p.m.): 15 percent

  • Evening ( 5 p.m. to 10:59 p.m.): 20 percent

  • Late night (11 p.m. to 4:59 a.m.): 6 percent
  • They were also asked what hour of the day was their personal best. Their top three hours were 10 a.m., 9 a.m., and 8 a.m.

    Age may make the morning sweeter.

    In the poll, 43 percent of adults aged 18-34 favored mornings, compared with 58 percent of those aged 35-54 and 59 percent of those aged 55 and older.

    "Morning people" are particularly common among people with high salaries.

    For instance, 70 percent of people in households earning at least $75,000 per year prefer mornings, compared with 40 percent of those in households earning less than $30,000 annually.

    The poll, conducted by telephone in August, has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.

    (When do you function best? Morning, afternoon, evening? Tell us about it on WebMD's Health Café message board.)
    By Miranda Hitti
    Reviewed by Louise Chang
    ©2007 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved

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