There’s Another Reason That Mondays Suck Besides Two-Day Hangovers

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There's Another Reason That Mondays Suck Besides Two-Day Hangovers

All the coffee in the world couldn’t save you from this Monday. We get it. Mondays are miserable, and they’re not going to get any better unless we somehow transition to a French four-day workweek where Mondays turn into second Sundays. But that will just make Tuesdays into Mondays, thus replicating the ongoing cycle that is hating your life because of spreadsheets instead of brunch.

There are a few different reasons Mondays are considered a bottom-tier day: you’re as far away from the weekend as you’ll ever be, you’re still dehydrated from drinking all weekend, and everything you put off last week floods your inbox like a tidal wave that even Bodhi couldn’t handle. But as it turns out, there’s another reason you’re lagging today that has nothing to do with your job and everything to do with your internal clock just being off. It’s called “Social Jet Lag” and the effect of it are real. Really real.

Per Life Hacker:

According to a German research, this phenomenon is known as ‘social jet lag’ and it has some unpleasant side effects. When a person tends to sleep longer than usual during weekends, it gets harder for him or her to wake up fresh on the next working day because of the disturbed circadian rhythm (an internal body clock that governs our sleep and wake time). Apart from ‘how much you sleep’, ‘when you sleep’ also has adverse effects on both, physical and mental health. There is a downside to shifting the sleep schedule from weekday to weekend.

Yeah, you’re tired because you stayed up until 1 a.m. on Sundays denying that your weekend was over, but you’re also tired because your body is telling you go to the fuck back to sleep rather than stand in your breakroom waiting for the Keurig to warm up. While sleeping from last call until 11 a.m. may feel like the right move because it’s nine hours of sleep, you’re throwing off the vibe of your body. Do you really want to throw off the vibe of your body? I didn’t think so.

Honestly, though, don’t let any of that hodgepodge stop you. Your Monday is going to be a battle regardless, so you might as well make the most the days leading up to it.

[via Life Hacker]

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