Morning people really are happier, study finds. A new study finds that night owls have an increased risk for mental illness and are less happy than morning larks. Morning larks wake in the early hours with smiles on their faces and a can-do attitude that befuddles most night owls.
"We don't know why this is, but there are a few potential explanations. Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag; this means that their biological clock is out of sync with the social clock," Biss said. "Society's expectations are far more organized around a morning-type person's schedule."
"We show that being a morning person is causally associated with better mental health but does not affect body mass index or risk of Type 2 diabetes," stated Lane in the study's results. "There is also a link between evening preference and a higher risk of schizophrenia (and depression)," she explained to TODAY.
Jessica Tyrrell, author of the study. For morning people, there's more good news: "If you're a morning person, then you are less likely to have depression and more likely to report a higher well-being. This may in part be due to people who are morning people are less likely to have 'social jet lag,'" Tyrrell told CNN.
The research, published in Nature Communications, found that being a morning person is causally associated with better mental health, but does not affect the risk of obesity or the risk of Type 2 diabetes as some previous research had suggested.
Should You Become a Morning Person? Being a lark isn't better than being a night owl, but if you find that the hours you're keeping are getting in the way of work, school, healthy habits, social functions or other commitments, it might be helpful to shift your daily activity to operate more in the morning.
People are happiest with their lives over the age of 50.
Experts found that in 145 countries, that's when most people felt the most content in their lives. The peak, actually, is considered the ages of 60 to 75.
'The probability increases sharply from childhood to the ages of 30–34, when it reaches the maximum. At this point it is important to remark that individuals' happiest periods are long on average: for half of respondents this period lasts two decades or longer. '
The science behind this is heavily in favour of the early riser. At that time our brains' abundance of oxytocin is at its highest, which explains why our libidos are greatest in the early mornings but also why our resistance to depressive feelings is at its highest too.
Over time, too much cortisol may be linked to such problems as anxiety, depression, and a hard time with memory and concentration. Usually, your cortisol levels spike after you wake up. It may be that your body overreacts to the stress hormone and leaves you feeling down in the mornings.
The reasons for morning people being more successful seem to be linked to their general attitude and mindset. A Harvard biologist, Christoph Randler, did some research on this and concluded that early birds are generally more proactive, and this results in higher levels of productivity.
Is there a moment in a person's life when they feel most fulfilled, happiest, or in their prime? Again, the most obvious answer to some might be somewhere around 25. But survey data from YouGov suggest that many consider the prime age to actually be 37.
In terms of their physical appearance, people are least happy from 55 to 59 and reach their happiest after the age of 70. And overall happiness actually peaks at two different points, according to the data: once at age 23 and again at 69.
What's the age to start feeling old? Is there one? According to Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research, this is also the year when millennials begin to turn 43, an average age when people stop feeling young. Apparently, as the early 40s, specifically 42 sets in, people start noticing physical signs of ageing.
This positive process starts after the quarter-life crisis and continues as people find new ways to deal with interpersonal, work, and family stressors. One's late twenties and early thirties, from an emotional perspective, are therefore the worst part of life.
Happiness is U-shaped – it declines and bottoms out in your 40s, so report countless studies, until it starts to inch its way up again in the 50s. This is a remarkably consistent finding, across countries and cultures.
Life satisfaction in the U.S. follows a U-shape during working age, from 18 through retirement, with a mid-life low in the mid-40s, as in most countries (Figure 1).
1. Finland: For the sixth year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, according to the World Happiness Report.
"Morning people are those who rise from sleep fairly easily and are most productive and/or active in the mornings," says Dr. Ayish "If you're a morning person, your brain is most alert in the morning, and you're generally very good at harnessing this energy and focus to get tasks, work and chores done."
Morning People May Live Longer Than Night Owls (Published 2018) Compared with “definite morning” types, “definite evening” types had a 10 percent increased risk of dying over a six-and-a-half-year study period.
The circadian rhythm, a 24.1-hour period that dictates the sleep-wake cycle, differs among people and can influence whether we are a night owl or a morning lark. Studies have indicated that self-described morning people have shorter circadian rhythms than self-identified night owls.
The researchers found that ratings of physical attractiveness peaked at 30 and then gradually declined as people aged. A study published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior" found that men and women are considered most attractive in their late teens and early twenties.
In summary, Women are the strongest between 26 and 37 years of age. Men are the strongest between 26 and 35 years of age. But of course there are individual differences between athletes and some people peak before or after that age window.