People who prefer to wake up earlier lead happier and healthier lives than their night owl counterparts, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Emotion, involved two groups of adults: one younger group of 435 people between the ages of 17-38 and an older group with 297 participants between the ages of 59-79. Participants were asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their sleeping routines, emotional state, overall health, and preferred time of day.

“We collected younger and older adults’ responses as they came in to our lab to participate in various aging and cognition research studies over a two year period,” explains Biss. [read]

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