Winter is a time when it might be easier for us to fall into depression. If you’re at risk of depression, there is one simple thing says you can do to decrease your chances of depression by 23 percent.

According to a study by The University of Colorado Boulder published in JAMA Psychiatry, waking up an hour earlier would decrease the risk of depression by 23 percent. The recently completed genetic study of 840,000 people found that by waking up earlier, your body is exposed to sunlight which can boost well-being. Waking up earlier also means you are more in sync with the workday, so it makes people more productive.

That extra hour being awake means you might also finally have time for things you don’t normally have time for. You could read a book, journal, play Sudoku, or just have some quiet time.

Also, don’t take naps! When you feel like you need to, says to take a walk outside instead. They also say to keep hydrated, as water, light, and movement all affect your energy levels.

But, how do you become a morning person if you’re not one already? says to place your alarm across the room so you have to physically get up to shut it off. You can also set your alarm five to ten minutes earlier each day until you’re waking up an hour earlier.

Do you think waking up earlier has kept you more productive and at less risk to be depressed?


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