For life long night owls (those who prefer staying up late) a transition to becoming a morning lark (those who prefer to wake up early) may seem impossible. But recent research, conducted across multiple universities, has concluded that it’s not impossible, in fact, it’s not that difficult at all.
After practicing some key behavioral changes, such as limiting light exposure in the evening, eating at set times in the day and exercising in the morning, participants of the study reportedly felt less tired and experienced less stress. These results were when the participants slept the same number of hours but shifted their bedtimes 2-3 hours earlier.
With extremely late bedtimes linked to poor health, including an increased risk to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, it becomes even more important to review your normal bedtimes.
In reviewing employee wellbeing programs, with studies like these showing how important good sleeping habits are for overall physical and mental wellbeing, consider incorporating sleep awareness/improvement initiatives to maximize employee health.