Most students like a lie-in; in fact, dragging yourself out of bed before midday can be a monumental effort.
So, if we were to tell you the optimum time to get out of bed each morning is 6.58am, would you believe us?
We thought not.
However, new research suggests that getting up late, on a regular basis can be damaging to not only your health, but your weight and even your education.
Bed manufacturer, Sealy, cross referenced the wake up and bed times of more than 5,000 people across the UK, with factors such as mood, weight, energy levels and education.
So, what did it find?
- There is a clear correlation between those who wake up early, and having a healthy body weight. Late risers – who get up after 9am, are 90% more likely to be obese than those getting up between 6am and 6.59am.
- Those who wake up early are much more likely to report feeling ‘refreshed, well rested and full of energy’ in the day ahead. Nearly a quarter (24%) of those waking up before 6.59am are ‘always’ refreshed and well-rested in the day ahead, compared with just 8% of those waking up at 9am, and 9% of those waking up at 11am.
- Early risers are better educated. Fascinatingly, those waking up before 6.59am are 39% more likely to be degree educated than those who get up after
Sealy also analysed the wake-up times of those who experienced the highest energy levels and alertness in the day, with the ‘optimum’ wake-up time emerging as 6.58.29AM. Not only that, but Sealy then profiled the characteristics of the ‘ultimate’ morning people, revealing they are most likely to be:
Sealy’s spokesperson, Holly Venning, said: “This research is fascinating. Anecdotally, getting up early is often viewed as being a good thing, but there’s hardly any research examining the actual benefits of being an early riser. While of course, everyone’s sleep patterns and requirements are different, there’s no doubt that maintaining regular, healthy sleep patterns bring numerous benefits from feeling fantastic in the day time, through to maintaining a healthy weight. And of course, we would recommend a supportive, comfortable bed as a central part of this.
Right, we’re ff to get an early night then!