Ever heard of the saying, “Early to bed, Early to rise. Makes a man healthy, and wealthy and wise.”
More and more scientific research is now supporting this claim. These days, our hectic jobs and increased motivation to make more money forces us to go on ridiculous 12 hour shifts, 2-3 hour daily commutes, 12 hour flights or night shifts. These schedules mess up our body’s metabolism and affect our ability to function well. Immediate effects lead to fatigue and lack of concentration, dependence to cigarettes or excess amount of coffee with the extra donut, chocolate binges or midnight snacks.
“Researchers examined sleep patterns in a group of 447 men and women. They were aged 30 to 54, and they worked at least 25 hours a week outside the home. They wore a wristband that measured their movement and sleep 24 hours a day for a week. Researchers used questionnaires to assess the participants’ diet and exercise habits.
Nearly 85 per cent had a later halfway point in their sleep cycle – a measurement known as midsleep – on free days compared to work days. The other 15 per cent had an earlier midsleep on free days than on work days. Participants who had a greater misalignment between their sleep schedules on free and work days tended to have poorer cholesterol profiles, higher fasting insulin levels, larger waist circumference, higher body-mass index and were more resistant to insulin than those who had less social jetlag.
The association persisted even when the data was adjusted to account for physical activity and calorie intake.”
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