Night Owls Can Be Having Fun But Hurting Their Health
Night Owls: Bad For Your Health
People up most of the night are more prone to suffer from high blood pressure.
Night Owls: Get Less Exercise
Self-described night owls spend more time sitting than people who consider themselves early birds, according to a 2014 research abstract in the journal Sleep. They also report more difficulty finding time to exercise and maintaining a regular exercise schedule.
Fitness experts agree that getting up early and working out first thing does have its advantages. A morning workout can give you energy and powers you through the rest of the day.
Night Owls: Late-night Eating Leads To Weight Gain
Night Owls: Greater Risk For Diabetes
Night owls are more likely to have type 2 diabetes than morning people. This is linked to weight gain, dysfunctional metabolism, and sleep deprivation.
In a 2015 study, men who were up most of the night were more likely to have diabetes compared to men with normal daily schedules.
Female night owls, tended to have more belly fat and a greater risk of metabolic syndrome like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. This increases a person’s risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Night Owls: Sleep Deprivation
Night owls also get less sleep than those who are early-to-bed, early-to-rise. This sleep debit isn’t easy to make up and comes with health risks.
One of these negative side effects is risk taking. Men and women take more financial risks.
Female night owls measure for higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which links to high stakes behavior. It can lead to dangerous situations, such as gambling and substance abuse.
In addition, chronic sleep deprivation links to alcohol and tobacco abuse, depression, poor memory, and early death.