Waking up an hour earlier could be really good for your mental health.
University of Colorado researchers analyzed the genetic data of over 800,000 adults and found a link between earlier sleep timing patterns (going to bed and getting up earlier) and lower risk of a “major depressive disorder.” They say it’s possible that greater exposure to light during the day results in “a cascade of hormonal impacts” that can influence mood.
Study author Celine Vetter adds, “Keep your days bright and your nights dark. Have your morning coffee on the porch. Walk or ride your bike to work if you can, and dim those electronics in the evening.” The effect was even seen when people just got up one hour earlier each day. (DailyMail)