Are morning people happier than night owls? Dr. Bill tells us about a new study that may cause you to change your sleep schedule. Show Notes

Monday, June 18, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Are morning people happier than night owls?

Night owls often wake up for work or school with a scowl on their faces and needing a venti cappuccino, while those chipper morning people come skipping in 15 minutes early.

Now a new study suggests that morning people are happier and more satisfied with life in general.

According to researchers, the night owl tendencies of teenagers and young adults fade as they age, and this switch to a morning-focused schedule could be why older people are happier than younger ones.

The study looked across the lifespan to see if the morning habits of older individuals contributed to their overall life outlook.

They found that by age 60, most people are morning types.

Morning people also tended to say they felt healthier than night owls.

The researchers said this could be because they are getting better sleep, which makes them feel more alert and boosts their immune system. 

So if YOU are a night owl, you may be able to incease your level of happiness by changing your sleep schedule and turning yourself into a morning person.

One way to do this is to increase your natural light exposure early in the morning, and to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier

Sleep experts say it’s easiest if you have a consistent schedule, to make sure you are waking up at the same time every day.

Well, I’m naturally a night owl, and recently I switched to an early morning schedule. I’m hoping this will eventually make me happier, but right now I’m just…sleepier. I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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