Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, your work and sleep schedule can affect your health — and choosing the best schedule to keep you in the best condition can depend on your age.

So says a CNN report that cites research on the biological clock that regulates physical, mental and behavioral changes within the human body over a 24-hour cycle — known as circadian rhythms — and how those rhythms change as people age.

Teens and young adults, for instance, respond to the hormone melatonin, which governs when they feel sleepy (later) and when they wake (also later).

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