Early Risers Happier, Healthier
Morning people tend to be less stressed, depressed, overweight
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2011 3:30 PM CDT
Early risers tend to be less stressed, a new study shows.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're not a morning person by nature, perhaps this will convince you to lay off the snooze button: A new study finds that those who get out of bed by 6:58am, on average, do better in the workplace and have a lower chance of being depressed, stressed, or overweight. "Morning people tend to be healthier and happier as well as having lower body mass indices," says one researcher.

Morning people also got their chores done more quickly and got their kids to school earlier, the Telegraph reports—and that could have something to do with why they tend to do better overall. "Maybe morning types are just better suited to this industrial world we are in than late risers," the researcher theorizes. Evening people were found to get out of bed by 8:54am, on average. (On weekends, early risers awoke at 7:47am, compared to 10:09am for late risers.)

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Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM CDT
I dunno. My most productive time is between midnight and 5AM. I think I come from a genetic line of "nightwatchers", who guard while others sleep. I just feel like snuggling down after the sun comes up. And I am MUCH happier now that I have a life that I can program to suit my natural body rhythms.
Sep 16, 2011 7:07 AM CDT
This "study" brought to you by the MAN. Now, get yer lazy ass out of bed and get back on the production line!
Sep 15, 2011 11:49 PM CDT
How about if you HAVE to get up for work or school and don't 'wake naturally' does that count as an early riser or not?