If You Go to Bed Early, You’re Probably Healthier Than Those Who Don’t

If you’re anything like me, you want to live a healthier lifestyle but find it difficult to cut out carbs and drag yourself to the gym five times a week. If there were a quick fix, I’d do it. So when Jawbone released an exclusive report to Huffington Post this week stating that after analyzing data from more than 850,000 Jawbone UP activity tracker users, they found individuals who went to bed before 11 p.m. each night tended to take in fewer calories as well as gravitate toward healthier eats. As part of the international study, the company found that those who hit the hay from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. were likelier to drink more caffeine and alcohol and consume more processed carbs, meats, and saturated fats than those who went to bed earlier. “If you go to bed an hour earlier, and do so consistently for a year, in theory, this could add up to [a loss of] 4–5 pounds with no changes in activity,” says Dr. Kirstin Aschbacher, a data scientist for Jawbone.

The Huffington Post article asserts that it’s possible that those who eat less may instinctively go to bed before 11 p.m. and that more sleep can trigger you to eat foods that are better for you. But based on almost a million results, I think it’s likely there is some scientific reason. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to catching some z's tonight, I think I’ll be turning in a little bit sooner.

For more about the study, visit Huffington Post.

It’s easy to keep track of the time with a chic mother-of-pearl clock.

What time do you typically go to bed? Do you think your sleep schedule affects your diet?