Sleep schedule link to Diabetes And Heart Attack

Night Owl Or Early Bird ?

In terms of sleeping and waking up, there are two types of people. Early birds go to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake up early, while night owls stay up late at night.


Chronotype refers to the time of the day when a person tends to be more active. Early birds are active in the morning while night owls prefer staying up in the night.

Why Does It Matter ?

According to a blog by Apollo 24|7, chronotype can impact your health. Recent research shows that chronotype has an effect on your overall well-being.

Are You At Risk ?

"A new study has found that night owl are at a greater risk for developing heart diseases and type 2 diabetes when compared to early birds," the blog said.

How ?

The study conducted by University of Virginia and Rutgers University focussed on the results of disruptive and non-uniform sleep cycles.

Less Capable

The researchers found that those who go to bed late are less capable of using fat for energy, leading to storage of fat. This increases risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Why Does This Happen ?

The difference between the two groups is caused by their capability to use insulin for converting glucose into energy. Early birds use glucose much more efficiently for energy.

Glucose Use

In contrast, the use of glucose is not as efficient in the case of night owls, making them unable to burn through their fat stores as much, Apollo said.

What Can You Do ?

In order to lead a healthier life, night owls can practice eating a balanced diet, avoiding late-night meals, engaging in physical activity, and going to bed earlier.