Do you hate getting up early at morning? If so, you have missed a real treat nature offers you. Besides the aesthetics, morning offers you several other things.
Scientists claim that getting up early and exposing yourself to the early morning sunlight helps burn lower body fats because the ‘blue light’ of the morning invigorates the body’s metabolism.
So, the thing all of us learned by heart during our childhood, ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ has been established now.
Even just 20-30 minutes of morning sunlight is enough to keep off the pounds, scientists believe, in the first study to link weight to light.
It is thought that early morning light triggers certain genes which are linked to the internal body clock and kick-starts the metabolism.
“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance,” says study senior author, Dr Phyllis Zee, Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
He adds further, “”If a person doesn’t get sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, it could de-synchronize your internal body clock, which is known to alter metabolism and can lead to weight gain. The message is that you should get more bright light between 8 a.m. and noon.”
The researchers recommend that morning light could be factored into weight management programmes.
“Just like people are trying to get more sleep to help them lose weight, perhaps manipulating light is another way to lose weight,” said co-lead author Kathryn Reid, research associate professor of neurology at Northwestern.
The study looked at 54 people of an average age of 30. They wore a wrist monitor that measured their light exposure and sleep parameters for seven days in normal-living conditions. Their caloric intake was determined from seven days of food logs.