According to a new research which was conducted at Oxford University by Dr. Paul Kelley, indicates that the most common form of torture in today’s world is having to wake up and go to work before 10 o’clock in the morning.
Now if you are just like many of us that are in this group then you know what it means.
Our body runs on a biological timer, the Circadian Rhythm, in other words the human body clock. The Circadian Rhythm are genetically pre-programmed to a cycle which helps to regulate our brain activity together with hormones, perception of time and of course our energy levels.
In the late 18th Century, when companies started to maximize the output of their factories, getting to running them 24/7 was the key to success. Of course, to make things more efficient, people had to work even more, basically 10-16 hours per day at work become a norm.
The new research shows that with the current working-hours system we are actually torturing our body when we get up early and starting work before 10am every day, every week and every year, as we are negatively affecting the Circadian Rhythm, and disturbing the natural order of the human body. At the time no one considered the natural human body clock.
Dr Paul Kelley explains:
“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.
It is hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical, emotional and performance systems in the body.”
He also added:
“Staff should start at 10am. You don’t get back to (the 9am) starting point till 55. Staff is usually sleep-deprived. We’ve got a sleep-deprived society. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
So, what happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep?
Other potential problems include obesity, depression and lower sex drive. Chronic sleep deprivation can even affect your appearance. Over time, it can lead to premature wrinkling and dark circles under the eyes. Also, research links the lack of sleep to an increase of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
This research suggests that getting up at a later time, and starting work after 10 o’clock can drastically improve work efficiency, from which both employee and employer will benefit.
According to Live Love Fruit:
“Dr. Kelley and other neuroscientists have stressed the importance of understanding functionality of the body at different ages, especially when it comes to sleep cycles.
They say that sleep deprivation begins in adolescence because teens are biologically predisposed to go to sleep around midnight. In turn, they aren’t really awake until 10 am in the morning. And since school hours also follow the strict early morning hour schedule, teens are losing an average of 10 hours of sleep a week.
This, combined with the fact that teens tend to stay awake longer into the night on weekends, they have a difficult time constantly re-adjusting to the early-to-bed, early-to-rise sleep cycle that is structured for a 55-year-old.”
Thousands of students were made to start school at 10am in an experiment by Oxford University, not only did it result in higher grades but also the attendance and general productivity was the highest ever recorded.
Can you imagine what would happen if we made this change in our society? Without any doubt the current working hour system is out-dated and needs to be improved using research like this, taking the human nature into consideration as well. The results as outlined in the research would be more productive, a much more motivated and happier society where everyone could benefit from, wouldn’t that be amazing?
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Source: Live Love Fruit