It’s 10:10 pm.
This means I have about 50 minutes to finish writing this post, find an image to go with it, and hit the publish button.
Why, you may ask?
A new research study reveals that going to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time lowers the risk of developing heart disease compared to any other time of night.
While bedtimes after midnight resulted in the highest increase in heart-related declines in health, the team finds that even bedtimes earlier than 10 p.m. increased the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults.
So apparently 10:00-11:00 pm is the sweet spot.
It’s now 10:13.
Study author Dr. David Plans from the University of Exeter states: “While we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health.”
Here are some specific outcomes:
- People who fell asleep after midnight had a 25-percent higher chance of developing heart disease compared to those in the sweet spot.
- Those going to bed between 11 p.m. and midnight had a 12-percent greater risk of developing heart issues.
- People with a bedtime earlier than 10 p.m. had a 24-percent higher risk for heart disease than those going to bed after 10.
- The link between bedtime and heart disease appears to be stronger in women than men.
Dang, why did I decide to use bullet points, that took an extra minute or so…
One possible reason that going to bed after midnight was the riskiest time was that it may reduce the likelihood of seeing morning light, which resets the body clock, according to Dr. Plans.
Oops, why did I do that? I just went and checked my WordPress stats. I have to stay focused.
It is now 10:20.
Time to go look for an image. Ideally, it would be a guy getting into bed while his bedside clock shows a time between 10:00 and 11:00. I know the odds are slim. It’s times like this that I wish I knew how to use Photoshop..
Found two separate images. Used PowerPoint to merge them together. You can see the finished product at the top of this post. Took me 15 minutes. I’m sure you would have never known if I hadn’t told you…
OK. I think I’m good to go. No time for editing (not that I ever do).
Now I gotta add some categories and keywords.
Done. It’s 10:46.
Time to hit save, publish, and post to Facebook and Twitter. That should leave me with five minutes to get ready for bed.