Get up early to lower chances of depression

People who wake up early have a much lower risk of developing depression, says a new study done in the United States.

The study says that people who are early risers benefit in many ways and one can try and change patterns of waking up.

On the other hand, people who stay up until late at night are twice as likely to suffer from depression. Late risers, or night owls, are less likely to be married, more likely to live alone, and be smokers. They are also more likely to have erratic sleep patterns.

Lack of sleep, exercise, less time spent outdoors, bright lights at night, and low exposure to daylight all lead to depression.

The study looked at over 32,000 female nurses to explore the link between chronotype, which is the tendency to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period, or sleep-wake preference, and mood disorders.

The study showed that even after taking in environmental factors like light exposure and work schedules, chronotype appears to mildly influence depression risk.

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