The DEC2 Gene
- Percentage Of People Who Have It: Around 3%
The DEC2 gene is one of the rare genetic traits that many wish they had. People with the DEC2 gene do not need to sleep as much as a normal person to function at their body’s maximum capacity. Most people need around 8 hours of proper sleep per night for them to function properly. Sleep is important for the function of our brain and it also helps our bodies heal from numerous issues. Doctors might recommend sleep for people with a cold or flu due to this.
Often called the “no sleep” gene, that is actually a common mistake. People with DEC2 need sleep, but only 4 to 6 hours at the most. Some might say “well I sleep that much so I might have it.” That is not always true. Some people have bad sleep patterns that cause a lack of sleep to occur. Yet these people need more sleep whereas those with DEC2 simply go through their full natural sleep cycle in less time than most. Therefore, they do not need the extra hours others do.