You know that saying about the early bird catching the worm? Well, there's science to back it up: A growing body of research demonstrates that early risers have advantages when it comes to their energy levels, moods, and workout habits. We lay out the case for being a morning person:
Early birds are less likely to blow off a workout. Night owls find it more difficult to schedule time for fitness and stick to it, according to a new study presented at SLEEP 2014, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. The study also linked waking up late to being more sedentary.
They're more cheerful. Early rises are happier and more positive than people who wake up late, reports a 2012 study from the journal Emotion. Morning people also reported feeling healthier, possibly because their daily routines were more in sync with the 9-5 system society is structured around.
They're more proactive. People who rise and shine tend to agree more with statements that indicate action and confidence (think: "I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself" and "I feel in charge of making things happen"). That's according to a 2009 study from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
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They eat healthier. Late sleepers consumed 248 more calories a day, twice as much fast food, and half as many fruits and veggies as those who went to bed and rose early, according to a 2011 Northwestern University study. The night owls also had a higher average BMI.
They may be at less risk of depression. A 2013 German study found a higher association between depression and the tendency to sleep late.
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