Study Shows Early Birds Are More Likely To Live Longer Than Those Who Sleep Late At Nights

April 19, 2018

A recent study showed that those who form the habit of going to bed too late, therefore making it difficult for them to wake up early in the morning, are more likely to die sooner than those who go to sleep on time and wake up early. The study was published in the journal Chronobiology International, on April 12.

The lead researcher of the study, Kristin Knutson, an associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said that a person who constantly stays up late and struggles to get up in daytime is 10 percent more likely to be outlived by the person who does the opposite.

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Knutson pointed out that there are health consequences to keeping late nights but the good news is that this habit can be overcome.  

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For the study, more than 433,000 British adults were observed. They were each asked to place themselves in one of four categories when it comes to their sleeping routine - those who were definite morning or evening types, or moderate morning or evening types. 

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Knutson said that there is a concept of doing things 'on time' for those who are early birds. They do everything earlier -like going to bed, waking up, and eating. For night owls, the reverse is the case. Their timing will often lag behind.

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After the respondents were asked to specify their sleep habits, the researchers looked into their health to see if their sleeping patterns made them more likely to come down with illness.

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It was concluded that night owls were more likely to die when compared to early birds. 

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It also turned out that night owls had more health problems and were twice as likely to have psychological problems. They also have a 30 percent more risk of getting diabetes, 25 percent more at risk for neurological problems and 22 percent more at risk for respiratory issues.

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While the researchers could not outrightly confirm the reasons for this result, Knutson suggested it may be because those who stay up late are more likely to engage in such bad habits as drinking, smoking and eating too late in the night.

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Her advice for night owls is that they gradually make a change by going to bed just a little earlier each night. Once you're successful, it's important that you do not return back to those late-night habits.

And if perhaps, you're a shift worker and cannot help but be a night owl, Knutson advised that it's important to focus on other lifestyle choices that you can control. You should eat better, exercise often and get enough sleep whenever you manage to. This can help reduce the chances of health repercussions.

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Source: WebMD

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