Why a night owl can damage your mental health

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Not only is it a & # 39; night owl & # 39; annoying if you have to get up the next day, it apparently also affects more than just your body clock. It also has major consequences for mental health. According to a new study published in the journal Nature communicationpeople who rise naturally early develop mental health problems less often than those who go to bed late and sleep.

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The large-scale genetics study, conducted at the University of Exeter, used data from 250,000 research participants who were registered with the private genetics company 23andMe and 450,000 people in the UK Biobank study. The participants were asked if they were a morning person & # 39; or an & # 39; evening person & # 39; and their genomes were analyzed, revealing certain genes that people shared and that seemed to affect sleep patterns. Lead research author Samuel Jones, a research fellow studying the genetics of sleep patterns at the University of Exeter, said: "Part of the reason why some people stand up with the lark while others are night owls is because of differences in both the way our brains respond on external light signals and the normal operation of our internal clocks. "The large number of people in our study means that we have so far provided the strongest evidence that & # 39; night owls & # 39; are at greater risk of psychological problems such as schizophrenia and lower mental well-being, although further studies are needed to fully understand this link. "The results found revealed a clear causal relationship between being a night owl and more susceptible to depression, anxiety and schizophrenia – with evening types that are 10% more likely to develop the latter condition, but they found no increased risk of obesity and diabetes among night owls, despite what some earlier studies have said Samuel Jones said the conclusion is that moths are more likely to work against their natural body clock at school and in the world of work, which can have negative consequences for their way of thinking So how can you adjust your sleep schedule Hope Bastine, sleep psychologist for high-tech mattress maker Simba, says that we first have to identify our individual sleeping needs.

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"Experiment with your productivity and your performance speed and adjust your timetable accordingly," she said Cosmopolitan UK. "Find a rhythm, a schedule, a lifestyle that suits you, and that gives you the feeling of being in harmony with yourself." Make sure your sleep schedule is as unspeakable as possible. "Sleep rest first? Done. Follow Abbi on Instagram.