Genome-Wide Association Analysis Identifies Novel Loci for Chronotype in 100,420 Individuals from the UK Biobank

Using the UK Biobank, genome-wide associations were identified linking sleep-time preference (chronotype) to genes and genetic variants related to circadian rhythm and previously uncharacterized pathways that may relate to circadian rhythm and light sensing. Central nervous system, ocular, and fear-response pathways were implicated. Correlations were noted potentially linking the genetics of chronotype to schizophrenia, educational attainment, and BMI.