Night owls have 10% higher mortality risk, study says

Night owls have 10% higher mortality risk, study says

"What we found is that the night owls, the definite evening types, were the ones that were at increased risk of mortality compared to the definite morning types - and the middle groups really weren't", she said. According to him, "night owls" should benefit from greater flexibility in the job so that they can start and finish their work later. Make work shifts match peoples' chronotypes.

Around 50,000 died young over the study period due to the stress of being forced up early. According to a new study, which the journal Chronobiology International recently published, this might bring with it diabetes, psychological issues and most importantly, an increased risk of early death.

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.

The researchers said society needs to recognize that making night owls start work early may not be good for their health.

The study followed nearly half a million adults in the United Kingdom over an average of 6½ years. As a result, the mismatch between their body clock and their external world impacts their health in the long run, particularly if they have irregular schedule.

"Eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep - all of these things are important, and maybe particularly so for night owls".

Genetics and the environment played roughly equal roles in determining whether you are a night or morning person, said the scientists.

Dr Knutson said that one way night owls could help themselves was to ensure they are exposed to light early in the morning, but not at night.

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In future studies, the researchers want to test an intervention with owls to get them to shift their body clocks to adapt to an earlier schedule.

Knutson said that "you're not doomed". "Part of it you don't have any control over and part of it you might". "Then we'll see if we get improvements in blood pressure and overall health", she said.

"Whether or not you're a night owl is partly determined by your genes, which obviously you can't change, but it's not entirely a given", Knutson said. "They shouldn't be forced up for an 8am shift".

'And we have to remember that even a small additional risk is multiplied by more than 1.3 billion people who experience this shift every year.

Professor von Schantz said pushing the clocks forward in countries that adopt daylight saving time - such as British Summer Time - has negative health effects.

The researchers were able to study the health outcomes of 433,268 people from ages 38 to 73 using data from a cohort study called the UK Biobank Study.

For the study, researchers from the University of Surrey and Northwestern University examined the link between an individual's natural inclination toward mornings or evenings and their risk of mortality.

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