Early Birds Have Lower Risk of Developing Depression
A recent research from the US finds that people who go to bed and wake up early have a lower risk of developing depression.
A team of researchers analyzed the relevant medical data of 32,470 female participants who were aged 55 years on average. In 2009, at the start of the study, all participants were depression-free. In the course of the study, they reported changes in their health in questionnaires after 2 years.
Having analyzed the gathered data, the team concluded that early birds had a 12–27% lower risk of depression than other participants.
Lead study author Céline Vetter says: “Alternatively, when and how much light you get also influences chronotype, and light exposure also influences depression risk. Disentangling the contribution of light patterns and genetics on the link between chronotype and depression risk is an important next step.”
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