Night Owls More Likely to Develop Diabetes and Heart Disease Than Early Birds

Staying up late can be fun, but a new study finds it can also be bad for your heart and overall health.

Researchers have found that “night owls” are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease than people who get to bed and wake up early. Not only did they discover that night owls are less active than early birds, they found they are less sensitive to insulin – which both act as predictors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The study also reveals that those who stay up later are worse at using fat for energy and this fat can build up in the body – contributing to disease risk. Meanwhile, “early birds” appear to be more reliant on fat for energy, more active in the day, and more aerobically fit.