Are you a night owl? If so, you may be at increased risk of early death. A new study has found that night owls are more likely to die early than morning people, even after accounting for factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and body mass index.
The study, which was published in the journal Chronobiology International, followed nearly 24,000 twins for over 30 years. The researchers asked the twins to rate their sleep preferences, and then tracked their health and mortality over time.
The researchers found that night owls were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol. They were also more likely to have disrupted sleep patterns, which can increase the risk of health problems.
However, the study also found that there were other factors that could explain the increased risk of early death among night owls. For example, night owls may be more likely to be exposed to environmental pollutants, or they may have genetic factors that make them more susceptible to certain diseases.
The study’s findings suggest that night owls may be at increased risk of early death, but the reasons for this are not fully understood. More research is needed to determine the exact mechanisms behind this finding.
What can night owls do to reduce their risk of early death?
If you are a night owl, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of early death. These include:
- Get regular exercise. Exercise can help to improve your sleep quality and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet can help to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of early death.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol. Smoking and drinking alcohol can increase your risk of early death.
- Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. This will help to regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine. This will help you to wind down before bed and make it easier to fall asleep.
If you are concerned about your sleep habits, talk to your doctor. They can help you to assess your risk of early death and develop a plan to improve your sleep quality.