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Night Owls Risk Dying Younger, Study Says

There’s bad news for night owls. Their risk of early death is 10-percent higher than for early risers, according to a new study.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Chronobiology International, tracked almost half a million adults in the United Kingdom over an average of 6½ years. The researchers found that those people who identified as “definite evening types” at the beginning of the study had a 10-percent increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with “definite morning types.”

Night owls were also more likely to have diabetes, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory disorders, according to Kristen Knutson, associate professor of neurology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a leading author of the study.



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