Oxford University researcher, Dr. Paul Kelley, recently made a claim that working before 10am is same as torture, and can make employees sick, stressed, and exhausted. Claiming that leaving the bed before 10 am is a biologically unnatural that overall makes our society sleep-deprived.
Dr. Kelley, while speaking at the British Science Festival, Bradford, said that,
Staff are usually sleep deprived. We’ve got a sleep-deprived society. It is hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical emotional and performance systems in the body.
Furthermore, he says that before age 55, circadian rhythms of an adult body has no sync with the usual 9 to 5 job schedule. And, this poses serious threat on performance as well as mental health and mood of an individual.
Various experiments to study the circadian rhythm display that a 10-year-old (average) fails for focus completely on academics before 8.30 am. For 16-year-old the best focus time starts after 10 am and for university student the best focus time starts after 11 am. Dr. Kelley, a former head teacher, further claimed that by changing the timings of school the grades of the student can raise to 10 percent.
For the working professionals, starting the day early means losing on productivity and storing up health related issues. Dr. Kelley states,
Staff should start at 10 a.m. You don’t get back to (the 9 a.m.) starting point until 55.
Also, he commented,
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.
In fact, it has been proven that lack of sleep can lead to multiple health related issues. Hence, the recent study by Dr. Paul Kelley implies that by changing the work timings to suit the natural biological requirements can lead to improved productivity and better results.
Story Inputs: National Post