Scientists in a study found the link between mental health and waking up early. According to her, early risers are less prone to depression. Researchers from the Broad Institute and the University of Colorado have published the results of their study on the JAMA Psychiatry website. During this study, the genetic data of 850,000 people were analyzed.
Data from two groups studied
From this workforce, a sleep tracker was installed on 85,000 people in order to examine their sleep behavior. Another 250,000 people answered a questionnaire about their sleeping habits. In addition, participants in this study went to bed at 11 p.m. and woke up at 6 a.m. On the other hand, the researchers had data from a different group of people who were characterized by depressive disorders. Comparing the data from these two groups, they concluded that those who wake up early are less likely to develop depression. In addition, people who go to bed at 12 noon significantly reduce their risk of developing depression.
“Spend very dark nights and bright days”
Scientists have estimated that these reduce the risk of depression by 23%. The study’s authors also gave recommendations for getting up early and being in good physical shape. For them it is essential to “spend very dark nights and bright days” right after getting up. They explained this with the fact that a rapid exposure to daylight stops the release of the sleep hormone and at the same time stimulates the production of the awakening hormone cortisol.