A study has found night owls have a greater risk of dying sooner that those who got to bed and wake up early – it’s certainly time to get that sleep schedule back in shape.
Are you a night owl or a morning lark? Some people naturally gravitate to staying up late, and while genetics do play a major role in establishing your body clockwork, some research is suggesting later bedtimes could be bad for your health. A new large-scale observational study involving data from nearly half a million people has found that night owls have a 10 % higher risk of dying sooner than those with a preference for getting to bed early.
The study tracked about 4 lakh subjects for six-and-a-half years. Aged between 38 and 73, the subjects were divided into four, self-reported categories: definite morning type, moderate morning type, moderate evening type, or definite evening type, and after adjusting a variety of variables including smoking, body mass index and pre-existing health ailments, the “definite evening type” was associated with a 10 % higher risk of mortality than the “definite morning type.” Night owls were also seen to have higher rates of diabetes and psychological or neurological disorders.
“It could be that people who are up late have an internal biological clock that doesn’t match their external environment,” hypothesizes co-lead author Kristen Knutson. “It could be psychological stress, eating at the wrong time for their body, not exercising enough, not sleeping enough, being awake at night by yourself, maybe drug or alcohol use. There are a whole variety of unhealthy behaviors related to being up late in the dark by yourself.”
This means that those that went to bed later at night were still reporting the same overall amount of sleep as those going to bed early. This data point would eliminate the initial presumption that less sleep could be determining the differences in health effects between the groups.
Though not fully proved to be true, the fact remains that staying up late does affect your health badly from head to toe, so its time to start taking your health and life a little more seriously because there’s nothing like good health and good sleep, don’t waste your life away living like this.