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It's long been said that early to bed, early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Now, new research supports at least the health benefits.
Understanding how sleep time can affect physical activity might help people with type 2 diabetes manage their health, said researcher Dr. Joseph Henson of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
"There is a massive need for large-scale interventions to help people with diabetes initiate, maintain and achieve the benefits of an active lifestyle," he said. "For people who prefer to go to bed later and get up later, this is even more important, with our research showing that night owls exercise 56% less than their early bird counterparts."
The findings showed that 25% of the participants went to sleep and rose early; 23% went to bed late and got up late; and 52% did neither.
Researcher Dr. Alex Rowlands, an adjunct research fellow at the University of South Australia, said the study offers insight into behavior of people with type 2 diabetes.
"The link between later sleep times and physical activity is clear: go to bed late and you're less likely to be active," Rowlands said. "For someone with diabetes, this is valuable information that could help get them back on a path to good health."
The findings were published online recently in BMJ Open: Diabetes Research and Care.
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