A scientific study shows that early risers tend to eat healthier and achieve a professional life
Lack of sleep, health hazards
Waking up early in the morning has its advantages. Early risers tend to be more successful in life and to be in better shape being instinctively led to choose healthier foods during the day. Science is saying it.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham showed that our biological clock influences not only our metabolism, but also our lifestyles, with beneficial consequences for physical fitness and social fulfillment.
Whoever starts his day early generally succeeds. Among the famous early risers we find Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Marissa Meyer and the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey. The beautiful Ilary Blasi and Elisabetta Canalis are also included in the list.
The survey, which examined data from 1854 Finnish men and women aged between 25 and 74, shows that night owls eat little for breakfast but consume much more sugars and saturated fats than early risers. And in the evening they also introduce more sugar and fat. During the weekends they then do irregular meals more prone to snacking and eating sugar and fat-rich foods.
In addition, those who sleep less, tendentially the night owls, are inclined to do little physical activity, exposing themselves more to the risk of obesity than early risers. The lead author of the study, Mikka Maukonen, explained that:
The night owls are more inclined to live against their own internal biological clock and our society is structured to better satisfy those who wake up early in the morning, however an adaptation is possible because our circadian clocks are influenced half by the genes and half by the environment. Knowing your chronotype can encourage more attention to healthier life choices.