There are not a lot of people out there that can say they are a morning person. After all, many moms and dads often find themselves endlessly exhausted because of the daily grind, work meetings and deadlines, and of course all of their obligations at home with their family. But with that being said, there’s a new report that suggests being a “morning person” might actually be beneficial to your health, especially if you are a mom or simply a woman. Here’s why.
According to the BBC, new research says that morning people – or rather, those who don’t mind waking up at the crack of dawn and feel rejuvenated even before their first cup of coffee – have a lower breast cancer risk. Experts have presented a study at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Scotland and say that the earlier you go to bed and the earlier you wake up in the morning, the better off you may be.
A team of health professionals analyzed data from 180,215 women enrolled with the UK Biobank project, and 228,951 women who had been part of a genome-wide association study of breast cancer. Researchers used a genetic method known as Mendelian randomization for their study. They found that women who prefer mornings are up to 48 percent off better than night owls and that’s because they have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Using sleep data from 180,000 participants, a similar trend of early rising proved that women have better health overall than their night-loving counterparts. If that weren’t enough, women who reported sleeping more than the average seven to eight hours per night were also found to be not just better rested, but much happier in their lives.
And while there is no way of telling what might be in your future – health wise at least – one thing is for certain: everyone needs their sleep. Regardless of what time you go to bed, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. And despite the misconception that we need less sleep as we age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep on a nightly basis.
In other words, sweet dreams our friends.