Good morning early birds,
My name is Taz. I’m the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at DiabeticOutlet. My job is to make sure your diabetes supplies are rodent free. I love staying up late and keep an eye on my surroundings but apparently, according to a new study, staying up late has negative consequences especially for individuals with diabetes like me.
Yes, a new study shows that individuals with late bed times are more likely to develop diabetes than early birds. Not so surprising when you think about it. Staying awake later than the late night shows translates into sleep loss, lower sleep quality, and of course eating at late hours. This particular trifecta increases one’s chances of having diabetes in middle age.
Night Owls vs. Early Birds
Are you an early riser or a night owl? Well, I am a little bit of both. I like to stay up all night and keep an eye on my surroundings. At the same time, I am an early riser too. I like to meow-wakeup everyone at 5 am in the morning. Once everyone is off to work, I nap all day. I love my sleep schedule, however, this recent study shows that people who stay up late, but still get the same amount of sleep, are at a higher risk of diabetes.
In this interesting study, the sleep behaviors and metabolism of early risers were examined against night owls. Throughout the study, blood samples were drawn from attendants in order to examine their metabolic health. Participants were also surveyed on their sleep-awake behaviors, sleep quality, exercise, and lifestyle.
Among 1620 attendants aging from 47 to 59 years old, 480 participants were categorized as early risers and 95 were categorized as night owls. The rest fell in a classification between the two. Night owls showed higher levels of body fat and triglycerides than early risers, even if they were younger.
“Those who stay awake late are at a higher risk of having health problems such as diabetes,” says Nan Hee Kim, researcher at Korea University of Medicine in Ansan, Korea.
Male vs. Female
It turns out, men who were categorized as night owls were more likely to have diabetes than early risers. As for the women, night owls tended to have a higher risk of metabolic problems and more belly fat than early risers.
Besides showing up late for work in the morning, staying up late has other consequences such as increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. So, it’s a good idea to hit the hay early.