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A new study says that going to bed late may be bad our health. It may even shorten our life. The study was carried in the United Kingdom. Researchers spent six-and-a-half years looking the lifestyles of 430,000 adults between the ages 38 and 73. At the end the study, the researchers compared the deaths people who went to bed early to those who went to bed late. They found that night owls (people who go to bed late) were 10 per cent more likely to die the period of the study. The researchers concluded that night owls were higher risk an early death than early birds (people who slept early). Night owls were also a greater risk of poor health compared to early birds.

The researchers said society and working patterns needed to change to reduce the risks ill health night owls. Researcher Malcolm van Schantz said: "This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored." He suggested that night owls should be allowed to start and finish work later the day so they could sleep longer the morning. The researchers said that night owls were more likely to suffer mental problems, diabetes, and stomach and breathing troubles. They were also more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and coffee, and take drugs. Researchers also said different sleeping patterns the week and weekends could increase the chances health problems night owls.

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