Early Risers at a Lower Risk of Mental Illness

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Fraser Clarke

Early risers are at a lower risk of mental health issues than those who struggle with mornings according to a major new report.

The genetic study of more than 700,000 people, co-authored by academics at Queensland University Australia, revealed that those with a genetic disposition to wake earlier found themselves at a far lower risk of schizophrenia or depression than those who found themself comfortably able to stay awake all night.

This builds on previous studies which have put so called ‘night owls’ at a higher risk of depression, type-two diabetes and obesity.

The role of the body’s biological clock is vital in understanding a person’s natural routine, with the study showing that early risers’ fitted perfectly with a standard 9-5 day - whilst night owls’ did not.

Contrary to public beliefs it isn’t possible to become a morning person either, with an individual's’ genetic identity playing a vital role in deciding how easy someone found getting up outwith their natural routine.

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