Waking Up Earlier Could Reduce Risk of Depression

Waking Up Earlier Could Reduce Risk of Depression
Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP

Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person’s risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study published May 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

The study of 840,000 people, by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, represents some of the strongest evidence yet that chronotype—a person’s propensity to sleep at a certain time —influences depression risk.

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