Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in, researchers say

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in, researchers say

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in, researchers say

The study published Thursday in the journal Chronobiology instead cites "circadian misalignment", per Live Science.

Knutson suggests, "It could be that people who are up late have an internal biological clock that doesn't match their external environment".

In the new study, scientists found owls had higher rates of diabetes, psychological disorders and neurological disorders.

Naturally, premature death is a rather grim side effect of staying up late, but what are the other problems related to being a night owl? Instead, "Make work shifts match peoples' chronotypes".

Confirmed night owls must make sure to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, she said.

Researchers from the Northwestern University in Chicago have found "night owls" are more at risk of dying than "larks" who turn in early. 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.

The study had a six and a half year follow-up period, and during that time 10,000 people passed away.

Even after adjusting for a variety of variables, including smoking, body mass index and pre-existing health ailments, the "definite evening type" was associated with a 10 percent higher risk of mortality than the "definite morning type".

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"We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical". In the study sample, 50,000 people were more likely to die in the 6½ -year period sampled. "Part of it you dont have any control over and part of it you might".

Knutson said that "you're not doomed". 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.

Another idea the study puts forth is that we should abolish Daylight Savings Time since switching to it in the spring is much harder on night owls. von Schwartz notes, "There are already reports of higher incidence of heart attacks following the switch to summer time".

People in the late-night group were more likely to suffer from psychological disorders, diabetes and stomach and breathing troubles; they slept fewer hours per night, and were also more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and coffee, and use illegal drugs.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, says shift work probably causes cancer.

"What we think might be happening is, there's a problem for the night owl who's trying to live in the morning lark world", Knutson said in a press release.

They're investigating whether bright light therapy in the morning, or melatonin in the evening, might be able to shift our chronotype, possibly improving health outcomes.

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