Daily Fit 5/7/19: The Surprising Secret To Living Longer

The surprising secret to living longer

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Health Tip of the Day: Becoming a morning person could help you live a longer, healthier life.

What Science Says: It’s a pretty well-known fact that early birds tend to have healthier habits than night owls — morning people are often more likely to adhere to a consistent workout regimen, they’re more likely to have time to eat a healthy breakfast and they’re not constantly getting stressed because they’re late for work. But you may not know that waking up and going to bed earlier could actually increase your lifespan. A study published in the journal Chronobiology International followed 433,000 participants over the course of six and a half years and found that those who identified as “definite evening types” were 10 percent more likely to meet an earlier demise compared to “definite morning types”. The study also found that self-proclaimed night owls were 90 percent more likely to suffer from psychological disorders and 30 percent more likely to have diabetes compared to early risers. The study’s authors suggested that this link likely occurs because late-risers are forced to live in an early bird world. Even though a night owl’s natural tendency is to wake up later and be more productive at night, most jobs and responsibilities force them to be productive and function during the day. This conflicting schedule can lead to more psychological stress, too little sleep and a poor diet which, in turn, can have a major negative impact on your health. [Swirled]

How To Become A Morning Person: The key to waking up early and still feeling rested is going to bed earlier. But when you’re used to going to bed late it can be hard to fall asleep at 9 o’clock. Luckily, forming healthy bedtime habits can help your body’s internal clock better align with the solar cycle. Turn off all tech and do something relaxing (no more work!) at least one hour before bedtime — two hours is ideal. Get in bed and read a stress-free book for half an hour before you plan to go to sleep. If you’re one of those people who hits the snooze button at least 10 times before actually getting up in the morning, train yourself to get up with your first alarm by placing your alarm clock or smartphone out of reach so you actually have to get out of bed and walk to it to turn the alarm off. Read through for more tips that’ll help you become a morning person. [Greatist]

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