Overview: Researchers from Northumbria University conducted an international review of studies appearing in the journal Advances in Nutrition analyzed whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health. The researchers’ main finding is that erratic eating patterns and consumption of unhealthy foods from staying awake later lead to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Bottomline is it’s better to be an early riser and go to bed early.
From the Research (News Release): “People who go to bed later tend to have unhealthier diets, consuming more alcohol, sugars, caffeinated drinks and fast food than early risers. They consistently report more erratic eating patterns as they miss breakfast and eat later in the day. Their diet contains less grains, rye and vegetables and they eat fewer, but larger, meals. They also report higher levels of consumption of caffeinated beverages, sugar and snacks, than those with a morning preference, who eat slightly more fruit and vegetables per day. This potentially explains why night owls have a higher risk of suffering from chronic disease.”
Article Citation: Suzana Almoosawi, Snieguole Vingeliene, Frederic Gachon, Trudy Voortman, Luigi Palla, Jonathan D Johnston, Rob Martinus Van Dam, Christian Darimont, Leonidas G Karagounis; Chronotype: Implications for Epidemiologic Studies on Chrono-Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Health, Advances in Nutrition, https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmy070
Abstract Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmy070
How to apply:
Turn off electronics at least an hour before you sleep. Get rid of the TV, computer,tablet and smartphone in the bedroom.