Natural early risers are happier and less prone to depression than night owls, who have to resist their body clocks to start working on time, a study suggests.
- Research suggests that people in the natural morning can be protected from depression
- Night owls, which oppose body clocks by getting up earlier, are also at risk for depression.
- Slightly less than two-thirds of people enjoy getting up early and sleeping early
Those who consider themselves natural early risers have long advertised the supposed benefits – whether to be alert or to work harder during the day.
But now research suggests that if you really are a natural morning person, then you may be happier and more protected against depression.
And night owls, which oppose their body clocks by getting up earlier than they like to work, are at greater risk of depression and have lower well-being.
Just under two-thirds of people are “larks” who thrive when they get up early and go to bed at a reasonable time.
Research suggests that if you really are a natural morning person, then you may be happier and more protected against depression.
More than 450,000 middle-aged volunteers describe themselves as night owls or larks, prefer waking time, and complete a mental health questionnaire. The levels of depression, anxiety and well-being are then compared.
Experts could also determine who naturally got up early by looking at their genes – as lark genes are slightly different. Researchers at the University of Exeter looked at 351 genetic variants to identify exactly the morning people.
Those with an early genetic profile were 8% less likely to suffer from depression and 5% more likely to have high levels of well-being than night owls – probably because their sleep time was approximately similar on weekdays and weekends. days.
And those who describe themselves as larks are 21 percent less likely to be depressed than those described as night owls, who are more likely to stay up late and sleep on the weekends than during the week – giving them ” jetlag ”associated with unhappiness and depression.
Slightly less than two-thirds of people are “larks” that thrive when they get up early and go to bed at a reasonable time
The study looked at 451,025 people aged 40 to 60 from the UK Biobank database. Of course, people are forced to deviate from natural sleep patterns by tracking the sleep of more than 50,000 people.
Feelings are less likely to be misaligned – with a greater difference in when to sleep and wake up on the weekends – which may explain why they are more likely to escape depression and unhappiness, according to the authors.
Jessica O’Loughlin, lead author of the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, said the findings were “the strongest evidence to date that being a morning person protects against depression and improves well-being.”
Miss O’Loughlin added: “We think this can be explained by the fact that society’s demands mean that night owls are more likely to oppose their natural body clocks by having to wake up early for work.”