According to Dr. Paul Kelley, a scientist at the Oxford University, his recent discovery is something that affects all people on the planet. Namely, he claims that waking up and going to work before 10 am is one of the most common modern-day tortures. Why is this so?
Namely, he points out that we all have an internal body clock, i.e. the circadian rhythm. This is a pre-programmed clock which we cannot change. Forcing ourselves to wake up earlier than our brain and organs is doing us more harm than good.
When we do this, we are actually fighting against this internal and natural clock and this could easily backfire and worsen our health.
How Is Waking Up before 10 AM Affecting Us?
Dr. Kelley claims that insufficient sleep is an international issue and this can have a negative impact on our overall health. When we wake up early and go to work early, we are more prone to physical and emotional stress.
He tested the theory in a British school by introducing a change in the time the lessons started, i.e. they were moved from 8.30 to 10.00. It was concluded that after a specific period, the productivity and attendance of the students were much better, as well as their grades.
Why Do We Continue Torturing Ourselves?
At the beginning of the 20th century, the 8-hour working day was introduced in order to optimize the productivity in factories. However, they never took into account the human internal clock which is naturally in tune with the sunlight, not with the work timetable.
Unfortunately, this system remains widely applied throughout the world and rarely do people take into account what our bodies naturally want. Even though there are some countries who have introduced a shorter working day, many are still unaware of the negative impact an 8-hour work day can have.
The Benefits of Starting Work after 10 AM
When we get sufficient sleep, we will no longer be tired or overworked and stressed out workers who are constantly in need of sleep and coffee, but on the contrary, our productivity and energy levels will be much higher.
Listening to our bodies and waking up naturally is something we should all strive for, both for the outcome of the work and an overall happiness and satisfaction in our lives.
What are your thoughts about the 8-hour work day? Do you agree with it or do you think it should be changed? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
Before heading out, do not forget to check out the video below and learn more about why we work in 8-hour shifts: