On a cold Monday morning, waking up super early might be the very last thing on your to-do list for the day. Who wants to get out of their warm and comfy blanket when you can sleep in a little bit longer?
Answer: most of the US population.
According to Edisonresearch.com, only 8 percent of the general population wakes up by 5 a.m. At this time, there isn’t much traffic on the freeways, the line to get coffee will be at a minimum, and getting a jump start at work to impress the boss is possible.
Whatever your reasons for setting your alarm clock before the sunrises, the health benefits of being an early bird far supersede staying up late and waking up sometime after lunch ends. Don’t get us wrong. It’s not the end of the world if you sleep in from time-to-time, but the advantages of waking up super early are noteworthy.
That all sounds pretty good, right?
If you’re a night owl and choose to sleep in late, you may want to rethink hitting the snooze button. Staying up late tends to be associated with heightening negative emotionality: meaning, an increase of issues related to depression, anxiety, and mood shifts.
A study conducted by Simor and Colleagues discovers, regardless of age or gender, evening types, those who prefer evening to morning, were at an increased risk for experiencing increased health problems.
This doesn’t mean that having a disorder is exclusive to a person’s “chronotype” — a fancy word for someone’s sleep schedule.
According to livescience.com, when researchers scanned the brains of people who were classified as night owls or morning larks, they found the night owls had lower “brain connectivity.” This doesn’t mean that having a disorder is exclusive to a person’s “chronotype” — a fancy word for someone’s sleep schedule.
Those you who regularly embark on the late-night sleep schedule also tend to experience increased amounts of insomnia. This may be caused by your circadian rhythm or the part of your brain that assumes you can sleep longer; it fails to detect you need to wake up super early.
Think of this as your natural snooze button.
In closing, we challenge those who are looking for a lifestyle adjustment to wake up one hour earlier for the next two weeks and comment below on your noticeable changes.