After all, it is obvious that working in the early morning is one of the worst things in the world, and that it is not at all what nature meant to us. Paul Kelley, a clinical research scientist at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, told participants at the British Science Festival that the working day should officially start at 10 am.
“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,” he added.
The discussion on sleep deprivation and morning projects often focuses on children and adolescents, the impact being much greater on these younger populations. In addition, the National Sleep Foundation notes that adults over 55 years of age have shown that early waking may be more beneficial as the circadian rhythm tends to advance with age.
That’s great, except that the majority of a country’s workforce is not in this demographic age. The demographic turn of the century between the ages of 18 and 34 is the largest proportion of the US labor force. Today, they account for about one-third of all employees, reports the Pew Research Center.
Sleep deprivation has several negative effects on health. These include depression, increased risk of substance abuse, and increased risk of obesity.