A new study out of Australia, show that in as little as three weeks, certified night owls can change their ways, and get up to catch that worm.
Putting it more pleasantly, study co-author Dr. Andrew Bagshaw from the University of Birmingham, notes, “Having a late sleep pattern puts you at odds with the standard societal days.”
Twenty-two “night owls,” whose schedules had them going to sleep at 2:30 a.m., and waking at 10:15 a.m., were tasked with making some tweaks to their schedules.
For three weeks, they adjusted their bedtimes ahead by two to three hours, with the prescription that they get lots of sunshine in the morning, and eat breakfast as soon as they possibly could after they woke up.
They were told to eat dinner no later than 7 p.m.
Sure enough, their clocks were reset, as noted in the findings that were published in the journal Sleep Medicine.
The subjects not only were less tired during the day than they had been previously, but they also felt less depressed.
Previous studies have linked people who work overnight shifts — who are forced to be night owls — with suffering ill health effects like obesity and depression.