Why being a night owl may lead to earlier death

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Why being a night owl may lead to earlier death
By Brian Resnick

"We all have a preferred time for sleeping — a body clock. There are “morning people,” “evening people,” and those in between. Our preferences for when to sleep are called chronotypes. And, increasingly, researchers have been investigating what happens to people whose body clocks are out of sync with the rest of society."
"In a tightly controlled lab study, 24 healthy participants who had their sleep shifted by one hour each day (simulating jet lag) started to look prediabetic after a three-week trial. Their resting metabolic rates dropped 8 percent. “Assuming no changes in activity or food intake,” that “would translate into ~12.5 pounds increase in weight over a single year,” the study, published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012, concluded."






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Many people do indeed like to stay up late at night watching TV or partying or even posting in forums such as this one. But the study should hopefully open eyes as to the inherent danger to one's health by continuing in that vein.
 

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Many people do indeed like to stay up late at night watching TV or partying or even posting in forums such as this one. But the study should hopefully open eyes as to the inherent danger to one's health by continuing in that vein.
The study involved people who fought against their particular chronotypes, rather than people who are "night owls" by nature.
 
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The study involved people who fought against their particular chronotypes, rather than people who are "night owls" by nature.
The study mentions "Night Owl" and by definition that makes reference to people who like to stay up late at night. People need to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, some need more some may need less. But they need to go to bed and not stay up late as that is not always good.