Early Birds Less Likely To Develop Depression

June 26, 2018

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Congratulations!  If you are listening to us now there's a good chance you are less likely to develop depression than those who wake up later in the day. A study that took 9 years and used sleeping data from over 32,000 women found that those who woke up earlier were 12% to 27% less likely to develop depression than those who stayed up and woke up later. Back in 2009, participants were asked if they were an early bird, night owl or neither. Four years later, of the over 32,000 participants, over 2,500 had developed depression. The study did not review the length of sleep but when the person wok up from sleep. While reason behind the connection between sleep rhythms and mental health remains unclear, it is quite easy to become an early bird by re-setting your internal clock. First, make sure you get the right amount of sleep, which is 7 to 8 hours nightly. Expose yourself to light as soon as possible in the morning as natural light in particular is the best. Finally invest in a sleep cycle tracker, which tracks your sleep cycles and attempts to wake you at the optimal point of your sleep cycle. The app Sleep Cycle tracks this and attempts to wake you in a period of light sleep.

SOURCE: Moneyish

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