Are You A Lark Or An Owl?
New research from bed company Sealy shows early risers (or “larks”) are more likely to be slim and energetic with increased mental alertness than those who prefer a lie-in (“owls”).
If you’re an owl, try these tricks from Professor Kevin Morgan, director of Loughborough University’s Clinical Research Sleep Unit, to become more “lark-like”:
n ditch the snooze button and put your alarm clock out of reach n throw back the curtains and immerse yourself in daylight immediately after waking to drive down levels of the sleep hormone melatonin n schedule exercise for mornings rather than evenings to energise you and improve mental alertness
n be prepared for your morning (have a healthy breakfast ready and gym clothes laid out) to help you stick to your new lark regime
n set a new bedtime an hour earlier, so you’re more lively in the mornings