Do “Early Birds” Have Less Risk of Mental Illness?

Most of us would say that there are two types of people; the “early birds”, the ones who can spring out of bed at the crack of dawn, and the “night owls”, those that seem to be able to stay up well into the wee hours.

But a new large scale study shows that people who are genetically programmed to be early risers, actually have a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.

Co-author of the study, Dr Enda Byrne, from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, at the University of Queensland, spoke about this with The Daily’s Victor Petrovic.


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