Are You a Morning Person?

There are people that love to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and then enjoy sleeping in late the next day. A term often ascribed to these people is “night owl”. Then, there are other people that refer to themselves as “morning people”. The typical morning person wakes up early and then beds down not too late at night. Where do you fit into these different classifications and from a weight control standpoint, does it make a difference.

Before diving into the association of weight control with whether someone is a morning person vs. a night owl, let’s first look at general health. Studies do show that people that arise early in the morning are healthier and happier than people that stay up late and arise after 10 am. Depression is more prevalent in night owls and actually, there is a 10% increase in death risk for night owls.

From a weight control perspective, being a morning person allows for a greater chance of daily exercise and unlike the night owl that may cruise the kitchen pantry for late night snacking, the morning person is blissfully sleeping away from raiding the kitchen. Additionally, the morning person will tend to not be as distracted with time-consuming activities such as spending hours watching Netflix, surfing the internet or playing video games.

So, if you are a night owl, start taking some steps to change that pattern. Doing so will increase your chances for better health, happiness and yes, weight control and of cause a better sleep!

Find out more why a good night sleep is important for your health!

Why is sleep deprivation is bad for your health?! And Why Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Your Health?

Getting adequate sleep does more than help you feel energised and refreshed. It protects you from a number of health issues.
Chronic sleep deprivation has been associated with a higher risk of:

Lost sleep can have more obvious health effects, as well—like fatigue and decreased productivity at work. Teens are especially exhausted. High school and college students may be particularly vulnerable to Daylight Savings-induced sleep loss, since their internal clocks make it difficult for them to shift their sleep patterns an hour earlier.
Functioning on too little sleep interferes with your hunger hormones; it makes your body crave fatty foods more.

Sleep deprivation can also hurt your memory, vision, design making abilities, and more skills. Skipping of deep sleep time can also interfere with your body’s ability to fight off infection. It’s also called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Sleeping more may help you look healthier and more attractive! Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night!

Sweet dreams and Good health!




Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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