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Night owls and early death rates

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 10:04:23-04

According to new research "night owls" have a higher risk of death than people who naturally wake up early.

Kristen Knutson, of Northwestern Medicine says, "We found that the night owls had a 10 percent increased risk of dying over about a six and a half year period."

The habits of a night owl are one thing that may increase the risk for early death.

For instance, eating at the wrong time could mean a person's body won't process blood sugar correctly which could contribute to diabetes or heart disease.

Experts recommend trying to go to bed a little bit earlier each night.

They also say that once a person is on a regular schedule it's important to maintain that schedule even on weekends and vacations.