A leading researcher at Oxford University, Dr. Paul Kelley, discovered that having to wake up before 10 A.M. has a significant impact on our health. It’s common knowledge that many people wake up this early to go about their daily routine.
Our bodies work on biological timers, known as our Circadian Rhythm.This is a genetically pre-programmed cycle that controls our brain activity, energy levels, hormone production and perception of time. By beginning work prior to 10 am every day, we are abusing ourselves by unnaturally disrupting our Circadian Rhythm, hence tossing lots of elements of our health out of balance.
Other interesting facts about our 24-hour rhythm is that your liver and heart have different patterns. When you have an unordinary wake-up/ go to bed, time, you’re forcing the rhythm to shift. And this can negatively impact our health.
When, What & How?
It all started in the 20th century. The 8-hour rule was applied for maximization of the 24/7 factory productivity, without considering the natural, human body clock. Our bodies production level peak was evolving around the cycle of sunlight. And not these contemporary methods of companies and commerce! To quote Dr. Kelley at the British Science Festival:
“We’ve got a sleep-deprived society and this is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
Dr. Kelley’s idea was to move the start time of a school in Britain from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. He had done some testing on theory at a particular school. After a certain amount of time and a further wave of examinations, he wasn’t surprised to see that the present levels had actually improved. The basic productivity of the school also improved. And most significantly, the trainees’ grades advanced drastically.
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If we were to transfer this idea into other sectors of society, imagine the improvements. Instead of overtired, overworked, coffee-intoxicated zombies operating in the modern hours of the day when they should be sleeping. Instead, we would have a naturally productive, fully fledged, focused society of beneficial, pleased individuals.
The companies who are requiring their workers to start before 10 am are adding to severe psychological and physical stresses felt by their staff members and encourage long-term, negative health dangers as an outcome of these rigorous, unhealthy working patterns.
These patterns could be a big reason as to why the average American consumes over 3 cups of coffee each and every single day. Just in an effort to try and stay alert as much as possible. To escalate, that’s 40 billion dollars we spend on coffee every year.