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The Earlier You Wake Up, the Happier You Are—Study

If you prefer sleeping in and snoozing your alarm, it might be time to change your habits. According to a study by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, morning people are actually happier than night owls.

Based on their research, getting up just an hour earlier than your usual time could reduce your risk of depression by 23 percent. And for each hour earlier that you get up, the greater the reduction of the risk of depression. We’re making a distinction here between waking up and getting up.

The researches cited the link between mood and chronotype, the preference for mornings or evenings, and found that morning people have “better alignment” in terms of work and rest schedules while night owls struggle more to adapt. One U.K. study referred to the chronotype of morning people as “protective of depression and improves wellbeing.”

Chronotype is apparently genetic, so you might just be born into a family of night owls, but according the study’s author Celine Vetter, you can “hack” your genes and your body clock.

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