Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in

Research based on 500,000 people found they had a higher chance of death over the six-and-a-half year period they were being studied

Research based on 500,000 people found they had a higher chance of death over the six-and-a-half year period they were being studied

Sorry, night owls: On top of sadistically early work and school hours, it looks like you may have to live with a risk of dying sooner than so-called morning larks. Those who identified themselves as evening people were 10 percent more likely to die during that period, the study found, even when accounting for sex, age, body mass index, how long they usually sleep and how much they smoke. "Deaths in the sample were tracked up to six and half years later - and then it was calculated what type of person was most likely to die", the study reads. Night owls were also seen to have higher rates of diabetes and psychological or neurological disorders. The researchers noticed that the risks of premature death are by 10% higher than those who have a normal sleeping pattern.

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

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. "There are a whole variety of unhealthy behaviours related to being up late in the dark by yourself", she said. Scientists said the difference held true even after adjusting for expected health problems in night owls, such as metabolic dysfunction and heart disease. As part of a detailed questionnaire, they were asked whether they tended to be night owls or morning larks.

Dr Knutson added: "You're not doomed". "Part of it you dont have any control over and part of it you might". "Some people may be better suited to night shifts". Try to keep a regular bedtime and not let yourself drift to later bedtimes.

The data was taken from the U.K. Biobank - a large pool of data created to identify risk factors of major diseases - and published in the Chronobiology International journal.

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"If we can recognize these chronotypes are‚ in part‚ genetically determined and not just a character flaw‚ jobs and work hours could have more flexibility for owls‚" she said. "They shouldn't be forced to get up for an 8:00 a.m. shift".

The participants had defined themselves as either "definitely a morning person" (27 per cent), "more a morning person than evening person" (35 per cent), "more an evening than a morning person" (28 per cent), or "definitely an evening person" (nine per cent).

For instance, stress, diet, isolation and drug and alcohol use are all known to contribute to ill-health and may be responsible for the different medical outcomes for morning and evening types.

"This first report of increased mortality in evening types is consistent with previous reports of increased levels of cardiometabolic risk factors in this group", the study reads.

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