Night Owls Face Greater Diabetes Risk Than Early Risers

April 1, 2015 10:03 PM

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Night Owls Face Greater Diabetes Risk Than Early Risers

Night owls are more likely to develop diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and sarcopenia than early risers, even when they get the same amount of sleep, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The study examined the difference between night and morning chronotypes, or a person’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Staying awake later at night is likely to cause sleep loss, poor sleep quality, and eating at inappropriate times, which might eventually lead to metabolic change.

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