Stressed? Overweight? Maybe It’s Your Chronotype
Are you often stressed out? Can’t seem to keep the weight off? Researchers at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich have found something that you can blame it on: your chronotype. What’s a chronotype? It’s your unique circadian rhythm, an innate preference for when you go to sleep and when you wake up. The New York Times reports on the research, which suggests that a single hour of mismatch between your chronotype and your schedule increases your risk for obesity by about 33 percent. The Times cites a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and published in March in PLOS ONE that found that obese adults with late chronotypes tended to eat larger meals, develop more sleep apnea and have higher levels of stress hormones and lower levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol than obese people with other chronotypes. Wait, there’s more: other research, published in Chronobiology, found that people who prefer evening hours to carry out their daily activities are prone to depression. Wake up, and read more in the New York Times.