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It’s Scientifically Proven That Waking Up Earlier Is Good For Your Mental Health

We’ve all had that one friend who keeps gushing about how waking up early in the morning is good for your health, and we’ve probably brushed them off thinking “nothing is as good for my health as getting my beauty sleep”. But here’s the thing, your friend is right, waking up early is good for your mental health.

But being an early riser is actually dependent on our genes, which explains why some people just naturally wake up early in the morning everyday. So how does this affect out mental health?

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A study conducted by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Broad Institute looked at the genetic data of 840,000 people. Among them, 85,000 had worn sleep trackers for a week while 250,000 would fill out questionnaires about their sleep preferences.

The initial results indicated that on average, most people went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 6am, and were at their sleep midpoint at 3am. The sleep midpoint basically refers to the halfway point between bedtime and wake time.

The researchers then matched these results with another sample that included genetic information, medical records, surveys of major depressive disorder diagnoses, all anonymously. The final results showed that people who are genetically inclined to wake up early actually show a lower risk of developing depression!

In fact, it was found that with each sleep midpoint that was one hour earlier, there was a 23% reduced risk of developing depression. So if a person who normally goes to bed at 1am, chooses to sleep an hour earlier, they could reduce their risk by 23%. Better yet, if they go to bed at 11pm, this could reduce their risk by 40%!

As people go to bed early, their sleep pattern would mostly stay the same and the only changing effect is that most people would find themselves waking up earlier, which is why it’s said that waking up early is better for your mental health.

What do you think? Are you ready to test this theory?

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