Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious drawbacks, suggests a new study published this week in Chronobiology International.
Researchers looked data from a large, ongoing population study of UK residents, known as the UK Biobank Study. Around a half a million participants enrolled in the study from 2006 to 2010 and have had their health tracked ever since.
In the current study, the researchers specifically looked at over 400,000 volunteers between the ages of 38 to 73 who answered a question about whether they were a morning or evening type, then followed them for an average 6.5 years.
Over 10,000 of those people died during the study period. And compared to people who described themselves as definite morning people, night owls were about 10 percent more likely to have died. More than that, night owls were also just generally unhealthier.
According to the authors, it’s the first to suggest that gastrointestinal and neurological problems are more common among owls.
morning person：名詞，晨型人。例句：The study is only the latest to show the health risks of not being a morning person.（這是凸顯非晨型人健康風險的最新研究。）
night owl：名詞，夜貓子。例句：Other research has found that night owls are more likely to eat poorly, act impulsively, and use drugs like alcohol.（已有其他研究發現，夜貓子更容易不當飲食、衝動行事，以及使用酒精等藥物。）
biobank：名詞，人體生物資料庫。例句：A biobank is a type of biorepository that stores biological samples （usually human） for use in research.（人體生物資料庫是一種生物儲存庫，用於貯藏研究用的生物（通常是人類的）樣本。）