When, like Batman villain Bane, you're at your best in the dark, early risers can be unbearable with their morning buzz. But science suggests there are major benefits to honing your body clock and making the switch. With the right sleep gear, you can trigger a circadian reset. More on that in a moment; But first, let's cover why you should care.
According to a 2021 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, those who go to bed early and wake up early have a lower risk of major depression.
Researchers admit they haven't pinpointed exactly why being a morning person is linked to better mental health, but one reason may be that night owls aren't exposed to natural morning light, says Kristen Knutson, an associate professor at rthwestern University. which studies the connection between sleep, circadian rhythms and cardiometabolic diseases.
Light encourages the production of chemicals in the brain that affect mood, but "morning light is particularly important for synchronizing our internal clocks," explains Knutson. Every tissue in your body contains tiny biological clocks that respond to external stimuli based on the Earth's 24-hour cycle. "We think these circadian rhythms evolved so we could anticipate when to be active and when to sleep," she explains. "If you don't engage in these behaviors at the expected time, there is potential for harmful consequences."
Knutson's own research, published in Chronobiology International in 2018, found that early risers had a 10 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause compared to night owls; Older studies have found a tendency to wake up earlier, with higher self-reported happiness and more proactive behaviors, such as B. Sports, in connection.
That doesn't mean you're doomed if you like staying up late, says Knutson. But "the problem comes when a night owl has to live in a morning person's world." If your circadian rhythm doesn't match societal expectations (eg, a 9-to-5 job), you need to pay more careful attention to others avoiding not-so-good health behaviors, like eating late or consuming too much caffeine and not getting enough sleep.
You might be genetically predisposed to function better in the morning or evening, Knutson says, but it's possible to change. People who became early risers reported being happier and less stressed, found a 2019 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine. When you're ready to embrace in the morning, these products can help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and wake up easier.
Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress
Your body temperature drops when you sleep, so the smart technology built into this mattress automatically adjusts the temperature to keep you cool. Mornings gradually warm up as chest-level vibrations silently whisk you out of dreamland.[From $2,795; eightsleep.com]
Leave your phone in the living room. This analog clock stirs you with science-backed tunes that gently increase in volume and intensity over 30 seconds (it also shuffles songs daily so you don't learn to turn them off).[$299; oneclock.co]
This sunrise alarm clock, sound machine and meditation device mimics the gradual increase in morning light to sync with your circadian rhythm and wakes you 30 minutes before your alarm. It also doubles as a sound machine and meditation app.[$49.99; hatch.co]
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