After long nights of studying and what might seem like an even longer school day a nap is the only thing some college students look forward to other than the weekend. According to research, gene activity is disrupted by sleeping during the day more than not getting enough hours of sleep. For three days British researchers drew blood from 22 young, healthy individuals to observe the timing of their gene activity during different sleeping schedules. On the first day, the researchers reset the participants body clock to its natural rhythm by disrupting their sleep at normal intervals. During this day, after their rhythm was reset, about 1,400 or 6.4% of all genes were in sync with the participants natural rhythm.
On the second and third day, the researchers had the participants eat and sleep on a 28 hour schedule. During those hours the longest amount of sleep given to the participants lasted about six and half hours long. After analyzing the genes linked to the bodies clock about 228 or 1% of genes were in sync with their natural rhythm. The researchers estimated that disruptions during the sleep schedule or sleeping during the day will influence a third of someones genes. Because genes are the building blocks of proteins the timing of when they are made are important. During the nighttime the body is in a certain rhythm and doesn't need to think about making these proteins, but during the day the body creates them at only half the speed.