Late nights lead to diabetes and heart disease

My kids rise with the sun or before it if I’m being truthful.

In fact, most mornings in my house start with either me or my husband reminding our girls that it’s not even light outside yet and that they need to go back to bed.

Clearly, they are early risers, something they definitely did not get from me.

I’ve always loved to stay up late and sleep even later. Late afternoons to evenings are my most creative time and early morning drives to school are something to just get through so that I can crawl back into bed for an hour and wake up human again.

That’s why it shocked me when earlier this year I read a study that proved that night owls like me have a 10 percent higher risk of dying early — something that made me start rethinking my sleep habits completely.

And, lately, the evidence that early risers or morning larks have the right idea just keeps adding up…

My colleague, Jenny Smiechowski, just reported on the link between whether you’re a morning person and your risk of breast cancer.

And, now a study from researchers at Northumbria University has put a final nail in the coffin, so to speak, for all of us night owls.

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Later nights lead to heart disease and diabetes

The Northumbrian researchers performed the first ever international review of studies analyzing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, uncovering a growing body of evidence indicating an evening preference leads to serious health risks.

In fact, they found that being an evening person rather than a morning person increases your risk of both heart disease and diabetes and they discovered why…

The found that people with an evening preference have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods.

Particularly, the researchers discovered that being a night owl is associated with consuming more alcohol, sugars, caffeinated drinks, and fast food than early risers. And, that night owls consistently report more erratic eating patterns, miss breakfast more often and eat later in the day than early risers.

And, it doesn’t stop there…

Night owls’ diets contain fewer grains and vegetables and they eat fewer but larger meals. They also report higher levels of consumption of caffeinated beverages, sugar, and snacks, than those with a morning preference and eat less healthy fruits and veggies.

According to the researchers, all of this explains why night owls have a higher risk of suffering from chronic disease.

One study even showed that people with an evening preference were 2.5 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those with a morning preference. The researchers say this wasn’t surprising because your circadian rhythm influences the way glucose is metabolized in your body.

Your glucose levels should naturally decline throughout the day and reach their lowest point at night. However, if you’re a night owl and often eat shortly before bed, your glucose levels are rising your body is supposed to be getting ready for sleep, negatively affecting your metabolism.

When you stack all of that evidence up, it’s no wonder night owls are more likely to die early!

Become a morning lark

Clearly, being a night owl puts you at risk for far more than just missing that important morning meeting and is a clear and present danger to your health.

Luckily, it’s something you can change.

If you’re a night owl who wants to become a morning lark, check out the steps I used to reset my sleep clock and change my environment to make becoming a morning person much easier.

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  1. Is being a night owl bad for your health? — Northumbria University
Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.