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5 Scary Side Effects of Being a Night Owl

This era of technology has drastically changed our lifestyles. No one gets enough sleep. We are often distracted by social media and we keep scrolling our news feeds all night long. Do you feel that you are a night owl? Well, if that is a yes, perhaps this is the best time to reconsider your lifestyle.

A research study was conducted by Chronobiology International in 2013 to show the impacts of lack of sleep on health. The study found out some scary side effects of being a night owl. Early death was the scariest among them. Here are the five scary side effects of being a night owl that the research study found out:

High Blood Pressure

Higher blood pressure is one of the scariest side effects of being a night owl, the research said. The study shows that the “evening types are 40% more likely to be a victim of higher blood pressure than the morning types.” Low quality and less sleep can expose your physique to abnormal activities and higher blood pressure.

Pavel / Pexels / Lack of sleep gives birth to major health issues like higher blood pressure and diabetes, reveals Chronobiology International.

However, the research recommends daily exercise and avoidance of excessive usage of social media to cope with this issue.

Hypertension, Stress, Depression & Haunting Anxiety

Night owls, unlike the morning types, are more likely to face psychophysical and psychological issues. These include depression, anxiety, stress, and hypertension, among others. Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson terms lack of sleep as “the major contributor to most of the psychological issues, especially depression and anxiety.”

Thirdman / Pexels / 80% of psychological issues, including depression, anxiety, and stress are the byproducts of being a night owl; argues Jordan B. Peterson.

Nonetheless, rescheduling your routine can help you cope with these psychological issues. “Be socially extroverted,” Jordan Peterson suggests.

Obesity & Abnormal Body Weight

“Night Owls are excessive eaters; they eat abnormally,” argues top-class psychologist Dr. Verga. Essentially, night owls stay late at night and all they do is eat while sitting on the couch. Consequently, this gives birth to obesity, which is a growing health issue of this era. Likewise, night owls often sleep in the morning, which is meant for outings and healthy exercise.

Ivan / Pexels / Top-class psychologist Dr. Verga argues that obesity is a byproduct of being a night owl.

Physicians argue that night is a natural fasting period; eating during this period can lead to abnormal bodyweight. They also argue that your body craves unhealthy food when you are sluggish and tired.

Risk of Dying Sooner Than Average Humans

Premature death is one of the alarming side effects of being a night owl. A widely controversial research study by Chronobiology International alarms that night owls die sooner than average humans. “Morning types are 20% less likely to die earlier than the definite evening types,” the research asserts.

Furthermore, the research analyzes that night owls develop certain physical deficiencies like neurological issues, diabetes, and respiratory disorders. Ultimately, it leads to premature death.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption & Drug Abuse

Night owls are also very likely to be alcohol addicts. Staying up late at night distracts your lifestyle and you are very likely to be driven to alcohol and drug abuse. Ultimately, it badly affects your health.

Almost 30% of excessive alcohol consumption is directly linked to staying up late at night, reveals Chronobiology International. Needless to say, research studies are still figuring out if excessive alcohol consumption is directly linked to staying up late. However, all of them unanimously agree that this could be a major contributor to the issue.

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