Night Owl Or Early Riser? Study Says That One May Protect You From Depression


Do you wake up in the morning full of zest and ready to to get going with the day? Or do you keep snoozing the alarm to gain some sleep till the last minute?


If you are an early riser. Jackpot! You have natural sleep habits and naturally aligned with the traditional 8 to 5 work schedules.


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However, if you consider yourself a night owl and primed to perform better during the afternoon and evening and stay up late you’re bummed, according to a study published by the journal Molecular Psychiatry.



The study was carried out using sleep data gathered amongst 85,000 participants whom they wore wrist activity monitors.


Infact, researches compared that sleep information to self-reports of mood and found that people with a disruptive sleep cycle were more prone to depression, anxiety and have fewer feelings of well-being.


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Sleep specialist Kristen Knutson, stated that these health problems are associated with being a night owl living in a morning person’s world which leads to disruption.



On the other hand, those who love getting up in the morning resulted that they were less likely to experience irregular sleeping patterns.



Knutson, further explained that, a morning person is less likely to have depression and more likely to report a higher well-being as they are less likely to have a social jet lag.


Social jet lag happens when we head to bed later and wake up later at the weekend than we do on weekdays when we have to get up for work.



Other possible reasons include more exposure to sunlight for those who rise early, Knutson said.

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