"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Waking up an hour sooner than usual can reduce the chance of depression.

In newspapers

It is alleged that sleeping early and waking up early makes an individual healthy, wealthy and smart. Recent research supports the primary part. People who recurrently get up an hour sooner than usual, without sleeping less, may have the option to scale back their risk of major depression. The results were published online on 26 May 2021. JAMA Psychiatry.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 840,000 people of European ancestry to seek out common variables that influence an individual's chronotype, or sleep time preference. From this, they were capable of discover early and late risers. Next, the researchers identified those that had been diagnosed with a significant depressive disorder.

When they analyzed all of this information, the investigators found that folks who were genetically predisposed to stand up an hour earlier within the morning had a 23 percent lower risk of depression than those that got up later.

These findings are consistent with one other small study that showed improvements in depression scores in individuals who actually shifted their bedtimes to an hour sooner than usual.

These researchers acknowledged that a bigger clinical trial is required to find out whether this intervention is actually necessary.

Photo: FilippoBacci/Getty Images