Go the F*ck to Sleep!

Are you a night owl who loves staying up late? It could be killing you. According to a new study of nearly half a million participates over a six-and-a-half-year period, people who stay up late increase their risk of dying by 10 percent.

Even after controlling for various factors including age, sex, weight and sleep duration, the research published this week in Chronobiology International found “night owls” twice as likely as “morning people” to have mental disorders, 30 percent more likely to have diabetes and 23 percent higher rates of respiratory disease.

The research study does not explain the findings, but scientists suspect it has to do with “the mismatch between [the night owl’s] internal biological clock and their behavior and environment.” In other words, their circadian rhythms are out of sync with the rest of the world, including sunlight and temperature and countless other factors. Even the brightness of your smartphone’s screen can affect your circadian rhythms or chronotype.

So, the next time you’re late to work, tell management that your chronotype simply does not match the company schedule. Or you could move to Mexico, Spain, Italy or any other society with circadian rhythms that better match yours!

Dr. H.