While there are many people who don’t identify as either an early bird or a night owl, a large amount of people find that they do their best work and feel most alert either late at night or early in the morning. It might seem that both options are equally acceptable, but when it comes to your health that just might not be the case.
A recent study suggests that those who identify as night owls are more likely to deal with certain health issues than those who get up and go to bed earlier. Researchers from Korea interviewed a group of 1,620 individuals and found that while a large number didn’t of people didn’t identify as either a morning person or a night person, 480 people did consider themselves early birds while 95 identified as night owls.
Researchers compiled data such as waist size, glucose tolerance, body composition, and behavioral characteristics. Bernardo Chua read that, in men, chances of having diabetes was found to be quite a bit higher if they were night owls, and women who like to stay up late were found to be twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome than their early bird counterparts.
While the reasons for the statistics aren’t clear, it is possible that eating at night and exposure to artificial lighting may affect metabolism. Scientists can’t say for sure at this point whether becoming a morning person would benefit these people, but if you’re a night owl it might just be worth reconsidering your habits.