Night Owls Have The Tendency To Exercise Less

Attention, all night owls out there! People who sleep late at night have the tendency to exercise less according to a new study. This widespread habit of staying awake till late could have negative results on the health as it has been shown to account for prolonged sitting which ultimately discourages people from engaging in physical activities the next day, which in turn can lead to more health complications in old age.

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Like staying up till really late in the night, rejoicing at the title of “night owl”, “vampire”, that you’ve been given? You might want to reconsider that.

A study has brought forth proof that that habit which a great proportion of the world population have delved into is unhealthy. Why, we all did indirectly know that, but it remained unspoken, right? Not anymore. Researchers of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago spoke it all out. The study has been published in the journal Sleep.

Those who like to remain awake at night have the propensity to stay in the sitting position for a considerable amount of time, thereby making them less motivated to engage in physical activities regularly.

The Importance of Sleep (yes again!)

Sleep is crucial for our health. We need to have a certain number of hours spent sleeping. A lack of sleep would bring in a variety of unpleasant repercussions on one’s body. Experts have recommended a minimum of 6 hours of sleep at night. Other experts have diverged from this digit and have proposed around 7 to 8 hours of sleep. But, the fact remains that we need so many hours of sleep for good health. Insufficient sleep can further worsen the condition of people suffering from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and, obesity and, additionally, depression.

The Findings

The researchers analysed data gleaned from 123 subjects, all of whom were healthy adults who slept for a minimum of 6.5 hours every night. The information was obtained via questionnaires to find out about the level of physical activity the participants indulged in.

Two factors making it difficult on the people to actually engage in physical activities were sleeping till late and remaining awake till late.

Sleeping Late Acting As A Barrier To Exercise

Those who reported going to sleep later in the night would sit for longer periods of time. The time of sleep was shown to have an impact on the number of minutes spent in the sitting position, healthy and active or not. Sleeping till late and remaining awake longer in the night were shown to be linked to spending more time sitting, which culminated in the person having less time to exercise.

Those who fitted in the description of night owls reported having less time to allocate to physical exercise. They also claimed that they could not stick to a proper time table for physical activities.

Useful Findings

The researchers suggest that these findings should be incorporated in advice for exercising. The timing of sleep should be considered when preparing schedules for exercise participation, according to the researchers. Breaking the cycle from this would potentially bring in positivie results in the long run. Prolonged moments spent sitting while not engaging in physical activities enough can have harsh consequences in old age. By taking into consideration how timing for sleep affects sitting for long periods of time together with a decreased motivation to exercise could pave the way to solve these problems.

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