Are You A Lark Or An Owl?

The People's Friend - - Health & Wellbeing -

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

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