Could being a night owl be harming you?

Staying up late could lead to detrimental health problems

Could being a night owl be harming you?

Emily Cummings, Staff Writer

I have noticed there are two types of people in the world. Night owls and morning larks. Some people may be thinking they are both. But truly, there are people who enjoy waking up early year-long and have a steady schedule no matter how late they stay up. Whereas, people who long to stay up late even on school nights.

I began to wonder if there was some sort of science between waking up early or staying up late. It so happens that there is and it begins from the moment you’re born with your internal biological clock.

People’s individual internal clocks determine how late they would stay up if pulled away from regular society like how Quarantine is doing to many people now. When pulled away, it is as if you’re stuck in a dark cave and have complete control of when to wake up or go to sleep.

Through a study where scientists actually isolated themselves from the world and tested their internal clocks, they learned morning larks tend to have a well adjusted digestive and cardiovascular system.

Night owls tend to have slower brain connectivity due to society being a 9 to 5 work environment. This can cause night owls to have detrimental health problems including early death.

Other diseases associated with having a later biological clock are obesity and some cardiovascular diseases due to the higher possibilities of night owls having smoking problems or unhealthy drug habits.

In other words, the best thing for your health and the longevity of your life is to stay on a steady sleep schedule.