Early Birds May Be Happier

Early Birds May Be Happier

Do you believe the early bird gets the worm?

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If you consider yourself a “night owl,” that is, you go to bed after 12:30am, you might want to think twice about changing your sleep routine because a new study is showing that people who wake up early earn more money, are rated with better performance by their supervisors, have a more active sex life, and are overall 10% happier.

The study also shows that getting enough sleep is more important than dodging late night snacks when it comes to losing weight. The Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK and Monash University in Australia have done a little research involving sleep patterns with 22 male and 20 women individuals without health problems for a period of six weeks. The participants categorized themselves as “night owls” and were previously in the pattern to go to bed at 2:30am and woke up at 10:15am.

In order for the researchers to get a full grasp of each individual’s lifestyle which could affect sleeping patterns (nap times, exercise, technology use before bed, and eating habits) participants were asked to wear sleep trackers, filled out questionnaires, along with providing saliva samples to measure the amount of melatonin (sleep hormone) and cortisol (stress hormone) in their system.

Participants then were ready to start the lifestyle change, which doctors told them specific instructions to follow, which included 4 steps:

  1. Wake up two to three hours earlier than usual, as research shows light exposure decreases the body’s production of melatonin.
  2. Go to bed two to three hours earlier than usual, and limit light exposure by turning off all lights. No blue screen from T.V. Phone, or tablets, as it gives your body a cue to wind down.
  3. Keep your sleep schedule within 15 and 30 minutes of your new sleep pattern the same, even on days off.
  4. Eat first thing in the morning, and do not eat after 7pm. Also, stop caffeine intake after 3pm.

Researchers also asked participants to not take a nap after 4pm, as it would interfere with their new routine. Though they were sleeping more than the suggested seven hours, Dr. Andrew Bagshaw from the University of Birmingham states that after the research, “Most interestingly, this was also associated with improvements in mental well-being and perceived sleepiness, meaning that it was a very positive outcome for the participants.”

The New York Post reports that sleep-deprived Americans are getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep which costs the economy $411 billion a year, causing Americans to spend $41 billion on sleeping aids in 2015, and it continues to increase

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you believe the early bird gets the worm?

87% Yes, they do
13% No, they don’t
86% Yes, they do
14% No, they don’t
92% Yes, they do
8% No, they don’t

Yes, they do

No, they don’t

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