Night Owls Have Higher Risk of Dying Sooner

Night owls have higher risk of dying sooner

Twenty-seven percent of the participants defined themselves as either "definitely a morning person", 35 percent said they are "more a morning person than evening person", 28 percent were "more an evening than a morning person" and 9 percent were "definitely an evening person". According to a new study, it's diabetes, psychological problems and an increased risk of dying. The researchers noticed that the risks of premature death are by 10% higher than those who have a normal sleeping pattern.

Previous studies in this field have focused on the higher rates of metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, but this is the first to look at mortality risk.

Out of those studied, 27 percent termed themselves as "definitely as morning person". Malcolm von Schantz, study co-author and professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey, said in a statement that his research is further proof that "this is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored".

"We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical".

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Kristen Knutson, one of the report's lead authors and associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said this could be because "people who are up late have an internal biological clock that doesn't match their external environment".

Also, researchers argued that, usually, late risers are having harmful habits, such as sedentary lifestyle or unhealthy diets. Definitive night owls had nearly double the risk of suffering from psychological disorders, about a 30% increased risk for diabetes, a 25% increased risk for neurological conditions, 23% increased risk for gastrointestinal disorders, and a 22% increased risk for respiratory disorders.

Even more, passing towards the daylight saving time coincides with a higher incidence of heart attacks and for the late risers is more hard to adapt to the change, say the researchers.

Last year, researchers determined a night owl gene mutation that affects people's circadian rhythm, giving them the capability to stay awake until late into the night.

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"If the body is expecting you to do something at a certain time like sleep or eat and you're doing it at the quote "wrong time" then your body's physiology may not be working as well", she explains.

The study tracked 433,268 subjects for six-and-a-half years.

The night owl group, the team found, had a 10 per cent higher risk of dying than those in the extreme early-morning group.

"You're not doomed", added Dr Knutson.

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Along with the 10% increased risk of death compared to definite morning types, the more people identified as evening people, the greater their risk for a variety of medical conditions. "It's strong in that it's a big sample of almost half a million people, but it is mainly Caucasians of Irish or English descent". I think they would have had stronger results if, instead of just looking at chronotype, they had looked at chronotype alignment: "So, are people going to bed at their correct time?" You should also work to get in bed earlier, Knutson said, and try to run errands closer to the beginning of the day if possible.

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