Night Owls Can Be Having Fun But Hurting Their Health
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Night Owls Can Be Having Fun But Hurting Their Health

May 23 2018

Night Owls Can Be Having Fun But Hurting Their Health

Night owls can be out on the town every night having loads of fun and great experiences but mounting evidence shows they are ruining their health.

 

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Night Owls: Bad For Your Health

People up most of the night are more prone to suffer from high blood pressure.

In a 2013 study in the journal Chronobiology International, researchers found that “evening types” were 30% more likely than “morning types” to have high blood pressure, even after they controlled for participants’ total amount of sleep and sleep quality.

Lifestyle patterns like unhealthy diet and lack of exercise also contributes to the higher incidence for hypertension. Stress, both physiological and psychological, can play a big role, as well.

 

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

When people go to bed late, they’re up living their lives, one of the things they’re often doing is eating,” says Dr. Varga. “If your bedtime is 3 in the morning, you’re probably eating around 11 p.m. or midnight, and that’s been known to create problems with the way your body handles and metabolizes food.”

Experts believe that eating after dark interferes with the body’s ability to burn fat. They also eat more calories per day than early risers.

 

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.

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Barry G
barry@skycaremedia.com

Barry graduated from City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology.

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