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Thirty-seven years of long-term research has yielded reassuring news for night owls. As long as you avoid excessive drinking and smoking, staying up late doesn't necessarily shorten your lifespan. This study, conducted by Finnish scientists and published in the journal Chronobiology International, reveals a link between nighttime habits…

Thirty-seven years of long-term research has yielded reassuring news for night owls. As long as you avoid excessive drinking and smoking, staying up late doesn't necessarily shorten your lifespan. The study, conducted by Finnish scientists and published in the journal Chronobiology International, sheds light on the link between nighttime habits and mortality.

Contrary to previous belief, the study found that people who preferred to burn midnight oil had only a 9 percent higher risk of death from any cause. However, the main factors contributing to this risk were found to be smoking and drinking alcohol.

To be clear, if you stay up late and don't smoke and limit your alcohol consumption, your risk of dying early is no higher than those who wake up early and catch this bug.

Lead author Christer Havlin from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health stressed that late night enthusiasts can take steps to lower their risk of dying prematurely. “It's important for people at night to carefully consider their alcohol and tobacco intake,” he advised.

Havlin pointed out that the amount of time a person sleeps, known as their chronotype, has minimal impact on mortality rates, regardless of other factors. He criticized studies that simply asked participants whether they were morning or night owls and called for more accurate methods.

Notably, Hublin said the study did not take into account substances other than alcohol and tobacco, and cocaine in particular has been linked to people's transition from early risers to night owls. So for those who love moonlight, moderation in all things seems to be the key to living longer and healthier.

Source: guardian.ng

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