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Early rising may be bad for health

ARE you a habitual early riser? You might be at a higher risk of heart disease. Junking the age old mantra that professed waking up early as good for health,
a study conducted by Japanese researchers has found that people who regularly wake up before 5 am faced an added risk of developing heart disease. They
were found to be also at higher risk of developing high blood pressure/hypertensi
on and stroke.

Announcing the finding at the recently concluded Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies in Cairns, Australia, Japanese
physician Mayuko Kadono said his subjects, who woke up before 5 am were 1.7 times more prone to suffering from high BP/hypertension. A two-time increase
in the chance of developing hardening of the arteries was also noticed when those in the study woke up regularly at 5 am.

Kadono used 3,017 healthy adults between the ages of 23 and 90 years to study the relationship between time of getting up in the morning and the frequency
of developing health problems.

"Rising early to go to work or exercise might not be beneficial to health, but rather a risk for vascular diseases," said an abstract of the study.

Dr V Mohan Kumar, vice-president of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies, told this newspaper that an adult needs a minimum
of six-eight hours of sleep everyday. "People who go to sleep at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am or later should face no problems. Some people wake up late.
If those who like to sleep a little more are forced to wake up at 5 am everyday, it naturally leads to stress in the heart causing complications," Dr Kumar,
a former HOD of the department of physiology at AIIMS, said.

-Dawn/The Times of India News Service


  1. Nice article and good to know different thought on early rising.
    My comments: In India, we do aware that early rising is good for health and according to Ayurveda, the rising time is Brahm Muhurta, i.e. around 5.30 am.
    The climatic condition, age, sex, body constitution, life style, place of living etc.. there are many points one has to consider before establishing any theory. The research done in Japan, may not be equally appropriate for Indians. So one should not make up own's mind in favour or against of such post.
    Dr. Prerak Shah

  2. According to Ayurveda A healthy person should get up two hours before sunrise. During this hours the Vata element is dominant. Waking up two hours before dawn you utilize the Vata qualities in the nature. Vata is light, subtle and clear and this helps in tuning the body to the delicate messages the nature sends. This is the time when there is the most sattva in the air. It is the most fresh and pure time of the day.