This is a completely different approach than anything we have seen so far. Scientists have finally given us reasons to ask for changes in our work schedules. We have a really good chance to achieve that. I mean, science is to be trusted, right? Working early in the morning isn’t good for us, and it’s time to change that. Let’s see if our society accepts this way of thinking.
Dr. Paul Kelley, a leading researcher at Oxford University, says that waking up and going to work before 10 o’clock in the morning is same as being tortured.
The Circadian Rhythm or your internal body clock, includes the biological timers that control your bodily functions. It’s a genetically pre-programmed cycle that regulates the perception of time, brain function, energy, and hormone release.
Waking up early in the morning is a torture to the body and has a negative effect on the natural balance in it.
The 24-hour rhythm can’t be changed. We don’t learn how to get up at a specific time. Your liver and heart have their own patterns, and you can’t just ask them to shift a couple hours.
According to Dr. Kelley, this affects your physical, emotional and performance systems. We should start work at 10 a.m. Staff is often sleep-deprived. We live in a sleep deprived society, and this has turned into an international issue. People struggle a lot, and they don’t have to do that.
The 8-hour working day was first introduced in the early 20th century. However, nobody took into consideration the human body clock.
An article published in The Telegraph notes that sleeping less than six hours for a week triggers 711 changes in your genes.
Dr. Kelley believes that your efficiency at work can be improved by introducing simple changes to starting/ending times.
Experts at Love Fruit explain the doctor’s approach. We have to understand the functionality of our body at certain age, including the role of our sleep cycles.
Sleep deprivation first bugs us in adolescence. Teens are predisposed to fall asleep at midnight, and can’t wake up until 10 a.m. next morning. Schools are based on strict early morning schedule, and teens lose about 10 hours of sleep a week.
Let’s not forget that teens stay awake late at night on weekends, and fail to adjust to early-to-bed, early-to-rise sleep cycle.
A British school decided to test Kelley’s theory suggesting that schools should start from 8.30 am to 10.00 am. Students had better grades, and their attendance and productivity improved, too.
If these changes are incorporated to modern society, we will definitely be more productive, happier, healthier and full of energy. Say ‘goodbye’ to stress and coffee addiction.