By Euro Weekly News Media • 12 February 2016 • 17:05
SLEEPING PATTERN: Changes with age.
A STUDY has found that people who went to bed earlier and got up earlier in the morning tended to be thinner than those who go to bed later.
The results came from a study that analysed the DNA of self-professed ‘nights owls’ and ‘morning larks.’ It also discovered that those who woke earlier were less prone to depression and less likely to suffer from insomnia.
Almost 90,000 people were asked if they were naturally a morning or a night person and had their DNA analysed which revealed 15 genes that were linked to a person being a ‘lark’ or an ‘owl’.
A preference for mornings increased the older someone was with more than twice as many of the over-60s describing themselves as morning types compared to those aged under 30. Women were more likely to enjoy mornings than men.
The study by a genetic testing company in California, USA, suggested that a gene involved in body weight also affects whether someone is at their best in the morning or at night.
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