If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’ll know that we’ve been sharing updates about sleep experts making discoveries left and right about how beneficial sleeping in can be. This piece of information, of course, is well-received by night owls and insomniacs alike. But as nothing is completely proven by scientists just yet, most experts still recommend sticking with a regular bedtime routine for the best results.
This is why this new study about night owls (or later chronotype) can be a game-changer. It basically backs up the study that claims night owls to have higher morbidity rates as wells as risks for heart disease and diabetes.
Experts believe that it has something to do with people’s biological clocks. Because being a night owl can be a genetic thing, the fact that they have to subscribe to a lark’s schedule can be the very thing that’s harming their wellbeing.
According to them, the mismatch between the night owl’s body clock and their surroundings can seriously disrupt their circadian rhythm which will possibly take a toll on their overall health in the long run. This can manifest in cardiovascular and metabolic issues.
So if you’re a night owl and you want to stay in top shape, what can you do? Scientists recommend finding a career and lifestyle where you can follow your internal clock. This shouldn’t be a big problem nowadays anymore, what with so many workplaces offering flexible work hours and shifting schedules.
Then again, if you’re not a night owl, it’s still best to stick with your regular sleep schedule. This is the best way to keep your body clock in tune with the rest of your body. This means that you’re not exactly encouraged to sleep in if you went to bed late the previous night. You can always take a nap, just don’t overdo it.
The bottomline: it’s best to stick with your internal clock according to your chronotype. It might just improve your health if you choose to do so.