Science Says Women Who Do This Are Less Likely to Develop Breast Cancer
More bad news for those who like to sleep in
There’s already a large body of research that indicates it’s much healthier to be morning lark instead of a night owl. One recent study found that self-described evening types were 23 percent more likely to have respiratory disease, 22 percent more likely to have gastrointestinal disease, 30 percent more likely to have diabetes, and had an overall 10% increased risk of dying from any cause.
Now, a new study recently presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, has found that being an early riser can significantly curb a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Researchers analyzed the data of 156,848 women in the UK Biobank project and 228,951 women who had been part of a study led by the international Breast Cancer Association Consortium to see whether or not those with a breast cancer diagnosis were more likely to fall into one of these two chronotypes. Their findings led them to conclude that early risers have a whopping 40 to 48 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer as opposed to night owls. Interestingly enough, they also found that women who slept for more than eight hours a night had a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer for every additional hour they slept, which isn’t so surprising given that recent research has found that sleeping too much can be just as deadly as sleeping too little.
While changing your chronotype is not easy, it is possible to adapt your behavior by following regimes like Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean sleeping routine.
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