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Monday, September 10, 2012

Morning People Are Less Depressed Than Night Owls

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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In the morning, do you ever look curiously at those obnoxiously energetic people who are running (as in exercising) by the Ferry Building while you muster just enough energy to sip your coffee? Do you ever wonder if they those early-morning risers are happier than you?

Well, they are.

Despite how much joy partying the night away -- long past the last BART train -- brings you, a new study has found that those folks who are already in bed, ready to rise for the morning are without a doubt happier than you are -- even if you aren't hungover.

While this study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, confirmed that early birds are more chipper all around, that's not to say you lazy dogs out there are doomed to a life of gloom. And researchers aren't here only to deliver the bad news. Rise-N-Shine, LLC, a New Jersey-based supplement company, has come up with these tips to help you get your ass out of bed in the mornings.

  • Avoid chocolate, red wine, and coffee at night. They're yummy as hell, but more difficult to digest, and therefore cause bad sleep. And bad sleep = bad mood.
  • Don't eat dinner right before bed. Give your body a few hours to digest the food. This will help you sleep.
  • Get a consistent amount of enough sleep -- and no, this doesn't mean partying every night, as opposed to just one or two nights of the week. It means try going to bed at the same time every night -- and make that time be before the next day starts. 
  • Set your stuff out the night before to avoid wasting time in the morning. Good point, although that will definitely cut into TV time.
  • Drink water. Despite the rejuvenating nature of sleep, sleeping actually dehydrates the body, which causes fatigue, which in turn causes you to stay in bed later.
  • Do some light yoga. Deep breaths and stretching will increase blood circulation.

  • And because this is America, not India, the company urges you to try drugs! taking its "Wake up on Time" pill, assuming the yoga didn't help. This pill will supposedly make you wake up "without morning grogginess or sleepiness." Hmmmm.

So there you have it, a chance to achieve sheer bliss and a better life. Have a good night!

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