While it is rare to find someone who actually enjoys starting their work day in the wee hours of the morning, studies are indicated it could be much worse than a mere inconvenience. Could there really be a reason why sleeping in seems like so much more appealing?
Well, I recently came across a study that says working before 10 AM is one hundred percent torture. This coming from Dr. Paul Kelley a researcher at Oxford University. When experimenting with circadian rhythms he found that most people are truly unable to focus before 8:30 AM. He even went so far as to suggest schools open much later than they initially do now so that children can get the most out of their education and time at school.
Kelley told the British Science Festival as follow, reported by the National Post:
“This is a huge society issue.”
“Staff should start at 10 AM. You don’t get back to (the 9 AM) starting point until 55.”
“Staff as usually sleep deprived. We’ve got a sleep-deprived society. It is hugely damaging to the body’s systems because you are affecting physical, emotional, and performance systems in the body.”
“Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
For those who might not quite be aware, the effects of sleep deprivation can be damning. It has been shown that getting the right amount of sleep really improves our lives so that meaning we need to be paying attention to things like this. Oxford is currently experimenting on tens of thousands of children through allowing them to go to school later and begin their day at 10 AM. I cannot wait to see the results.
I think this is something that would have benefited me greatly when I was younger. It really makes a lot of sense, perhaps our bodies were not designed for being ‘morning people.’ Do you have thoughts on this topic?
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