There are plenty of reasons why you may have thought about trying (as painful as it may be) to become something of a morning person. Like boosting your productivity throughout the day, or (finally) squeezing in an early morning workout. But in addition to all the usual reasons that you should be embracing the whole “early to bed, early to rise” mentality, you can now add healthier eating habits to the list.
According to a recent study published in Obesity Society, early risers tend to make better, more nutritious food choices over all than their night owl counterparts. The study, which looked at a random combined sample of “morning type” and “evening type” people, found that sleep schedules played a pretty substantial role in not just energy levels throughout the day, but macronutrient intake overall, as well. For the most part, early birds tended to eat more protein and less sugar and fat throughout the day than the “evening types.”
So this is all great news for you if you’re always up and at it pretty early in the day. But what if you’re more about that early life during the week, and prefer to sleep in a bit on the weekends? Five early mornings out of seven is all well and good, right? As it turns out, not so much. The study found that the circadian rhythm-induced differences in diet happened to be more evident on the weekends than on the weekdays. So in addition to the weekday findings, night owls proved to have more irregular meal times and to eat twice as often as early birds.
Moral of the story: if you’re looking to adopt a healthier diet, your best bet might be to cut your snooze button loose and to start getting yourself out of bed earlier on the daily. But hey, so long as you’re ensuring that you’re getting quality sleep every night, the early wake up call should be a piece of cake.
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