The saying goes ‘the early bird catches the worm’, and if these results are anything to go by then the old philosophy that those who get up early fare better could ring true in reality.
After carrying out extensive research, experts have reached the conclusion that those of us who rise early in the morning are generally more satisfied with our lives than those who are considered to be ‘night owls’.
Researchers from the University of Toronto found that those with a preference for waking late and remaining active throughout the evening found it more difficult to adjust to life’s schedule and consequently experience a level of “social jet lag” – a term used by experts to describe a person’s biological clock being “out of sync” with social activities.
Interestingly the study also revealed that most individuals tended to wake earlier the older they grew – leaving their nocturnal habits behind in their youth.
Study leader Renee Biss spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the findings, and discussed how this is the first instance in which it can be seen that “older” adults reported higher levels of positive feeling the earlier they got up.
“Thus, morning type people reported feeling happier than evening type people, whether they were young or old, and our results suggest the shift towards morningness with age may have positive emotional benefit.” She said.
Biss went onto say that one reason why early risers could be happier, is down to the fact that their biological clocks are more in sync with social expectations of when a person should wake up and go to bed.
For example, a ‘night owl’ who generally wakes around the 11am mark will find it far more difficult to follow the typical 9-5 routine than a morning person who naturally wakes at around 7am.
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