“Owls” report less sleep and poorer health

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The effects of circadian phase sleep choices (morning versus evening) has not been well studied in relationship to sleep adequacy and overall health; however, findings revealed at the Association of Professional Sleep Societies are beginning to shed some light on the subject. Adolescents who consider themselves to be “night owls” have less overall sleep and worse perceived health than those who think of themselves as “larks.” Higher scores on the Horne-Ostberg Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ), a questionnaire that favors individuals who consider themselves morning types, were related to better perceived health. “The poorer health in night owls makes perfect sense, given the lives these kids live,” stated Mary A. Carskadon, PhD, of Brown University in Providence, R.I.. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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