As one of the world’s most famous “morning people”, Benjamin Franklin believed that being an early riser was good for the health. As it turns out, he may have been right. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, “night owls” are more likely to develop diabetes, metabolic syndrome and loss of muscle mass than “morning people”. This could be related to their eating habits. Night owls are more likely to skip breakfast and to eat closer to bedtime, which causes their blood sugar to go up late at night. They are also more likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle.
More research is needed, but in the meantime, maybe going to bed earlier isn’t such a bad idea.