Are you a morning person? One of those people who can just hop out of bed as soon as the sun comes up? If not, you may want to consider a lifestyle change. Why? Because it may actually make you thinner!
According to a recent study, those of us who are “early to bed, early to rise,” have a slight health advantage over those who prefer to stay up late.
The study looked at 1620 people between the ages of 47 and 59. It found that women who considered themselves night owls “tended to have more abdominal fat and an increased risk of metabolic syndrome (a condition associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes).” Men who stayed up late “overall had higher rates of diabetes and sarcopenia (a condition in which the body’s muscle mass slowly declines). ”
Factors such as exercise, alcohol consumption, and age were all accounted for in the study as well, which means staying up late does a number to your health all on its own.
If you find it hard to get to bed before 10:00 p.m, try a few of these tactics:
* Dim the lights an hour or so before your bedtime. This includes dimming your computer and phone screens
* Try to stop working on electronics 30 minutes to an hour before sleeping
* Wake up at roughly the same time every morning, even on weekends
* Get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off
* Lay out your clothes and essentials the night before (like you used to do in elementary school!). This will help you feel calmer about the next day and streamline your next morning
* Limit caffeine intake past 3:00pm
You really can turn yourself into a morning person with just a few schedule tweaks! Yes, the first day or so might be a little rough, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually sleep better and feel more rested come morning.