The Endangered Night Owl

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you wake up refreshed or arrive at work surprised you didn’t have an accident due to your grogginess? Some people naturally wake up early and others naturally stay up late, but does going to bed really make a man healthy, wealthy and wise? And why does this sexist adage exclude women?

According to a new Korean study, going to bed early will at least make you healthy. Korean researchers administered a questionnaire about sleep habits to over 1,600 older men and women. They also measured waist sizes, glucose tolerances and body compositions. Not surprisingly, they found that being a night owl affected gender differently. Men were more likely to have diabetes and women were more likely to have high blood sugar levels and excess body fat.

The researchers concluded that being a night owl, “was independently associated with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and sarcopenia. These results support the importance of circadian rhythms in metabolic regulation.” Being a night owl will apparently make you an endangered species, which is not what Crystal Hunt wants.

Take the “Are You are Morning Person” Quiz (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/so-you-think-you-can-be-a-morning-person/) to find out if you may become endangered.

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