There’s a yawning chasm between morning larks and night owls, a behavioral pattern scientists refer to as ‘diurnal preference’, and one we know is at least partially linked to our genes.
A new study indicates that for people whose bodies naturally prefer rising early, there is a lower risk of depression and wellbeing is generally higher. This could well be because night owls tend to suffer from more misalignment with their body clocks by having to rise early for their daily commute, for example.
These findings build on earlier research into our genetic disposition to diurnal preference, further demonstrating that morning people appear to get the associated health benefits from living in closer alignment with their body clocks.
“We found that people who were misaligned from their natural body clock were more likely to report depression, anxiety and have lower wellbeing,” says biochemist Jessica O’Loughlin, from the University of Exeter in the UK.