We've always known it, but now we have the science to back up our claims. Dr. Paul Kelly, one of Oxford University's leading researchers, has discovered that waking up and starting work before 10 AM messes with our body's circadian rhythm and throws multiple aspects of our health out of balance, adding that it's the most common form of modern day torture.
Think back to how many times you've woken up on time in the morning, only to have to drag yourself through your routine and flood your insides with caffeine just to get things moving.
i work in the morning and i cannot sleep to save my life— Jessica Gober (@jaygobee_) December 28, 2016
I have work in the morning man ? I need to go to sleep— BrownSuga ? (@ForeignSingless) December 28, 2016
He crying cause he got work in the morning pic.twitter.com/z8evsjzY7e— Boah (@zBoah) January 4, 2017
While many people who love bragging about how many hours a week they work on Facebook would call it laziness, Dr. Kelly explains that it comes down to our biological programming.
"We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time…your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours."
The 8-hour workday is yet another problem that originated from the second industrial revolution's factory business model, and was intended to maximize productivity at the assembly line with no regard to its effects on the lives and well-being of employees.
Humans have set their internal clocks around the presence of sunlight for centuries, and all of that was brought to a screeching halt once moving to work in a factory became the new norm in our very recent history as a species.
His experiment had one school move their start time from 8:30am to 10:00am, and the improvements were undeniable. Attendance, productivity, and grades all shot up, giving us good reason to abandon scheduling that was centered around creating a workforce for an era that is withering away.
In a speech Dr. Kelly gave at the British Science Festival, he said:
"We’ve got a sleep deprived society. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to."
A simple shift in start time would likely increase our productivity across the board, and lessen our reliance on regular coffee breaks to make it through the day only to start the whole thing over again the following day.
(h/t Fox 8)