Night Owls Could Face Constant ‘Jet Lag’

Night owls could face constant jet lag. If you are one of those people who sleeps late at night and wakes up equally late, then this article will help you to know the negative effects of this habit on your health. A new study shows that going to bed too late may have serious effects.

Some people are early risers, who fall asleep earlier at night and wake up earlier in the day. While some are night owls, who fall asleep late in the evening and wake up later in the day. Past findings have noted that the night owls face some health issues such as poorer dietary habits which can raise the risk of diabetes.

In addition, a new study shows the difference in activity patterns in the brains between night owls and morning people. The research also analyzed the effect of these differences on their lives. The findings of this new research, led by investigators from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, now appears in the journal SLEEP.

The researchers found lower resting brain connectivity in brain regions of night owls. The team correlated this link with slower reactions, shorter attention spans, as well as lower energy levels.

“This mismatch between a person’s biological time and social time — which most of us have experienced in the form of jet lag — is a common issue for night owls trying to follow a normal working day,” explains lead researcher Dr. Elise Facer-Childs, previously of Birmingham University and now based at the Monash Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Elise Facer-Childs further said that this is the first study that shows an intrinsic mechanism behind why some night owls experience cognitive disadvantages.



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