The Benefit of Being an Early Riser: Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

A study found that women who are naturally early risers have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. One in 100 women who were self-professed morning people developed breast cancer compared with two in 100 women who described themselves as evening people. 

The study design included a multivariable regression, one- and two-sample Mendelian randomization and included self-reported preferences for mornings or evenings in more than 180,000 women. The researchers also analyzed genetic variants linked to whether someone is a morning or night person in more than 220,000 women to find out if these could help provide a causal link to breast cancer. 

Those who were genetically inclined to more likely be early risers were less likely to develop breast cancer by as much as 48%, according to the findings. The self-reported sleep data showed a similar trend of early risers having a 40% lower risk of breast cancer. 

Women who self-reported sleeping more than 7 to 8 hours per night had a slightly increased risk of breast cancer of 20% per extra hour slept. 

“We found consistent evidence for a protective effect of morning preference and suggestive evidence for an adverse effect of sleep duration on breast cancer risk,” the researchers concluded. 

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Sources: CNN & bioRxiv