Sleep Experts Say We’re Starting Work Way Too Early

Sleep Experts Say We're Starting Work Way Too Early

If you’re somehow able to show up at the office on time every morning at 8 a.m. sharp, properly caffeinated and ready to start the day, you must be some kind of monster. Personally, I stumble in around ten minutes late, my hair twisted up into a bun which takes about 20 minutes off of my “getting ready” time, Venti coffee in hand, and sleep still in my eyes. I plop down at my desk, put in headphones, and spend the remaining time until around 9 or so browsing the internet until I can bring myself to finally open my e-mail inbox. Even though I usually get enough sleep (and definitely enough caffeine), something about trying to work in the (relatively) early hours of the morning just doesn’t jive with me.

Apparently I’m not alone, as sleep researcher Paul Kelley from the University of Oxford agrees with me. To be at our best performance at work and in the best physical and mental health to perform well all day, Kelley suggests that we should start work no earlier than 10 A.M. Finally, some science I can get behind. Kelley believes this should go for children in school as well, as he reports that the earliest grade-school children should report to homeroom is 8:30 a.m. as opposed to the 6:30 a.m. common across the U.S., and that high school seniors shouldn’t begin until a.m. As a current grad student, I’m applying this trend to estimate that I shouldn’t get out of bed until around 1 p.m., which is a trend I totally approve of.

This research has been backed up by multiple sources, with a recent study from the U.S. Department of Health also recommending getting a later start for a plethora of health reasons, including reducing the risks of obesity and depression. If those aren’t good enough reasons to start work late, I’m not sure what would be. If you have flexible hours, it’s time to start taking advantage of them and showing up a little late to work. Sure, you might miss a happy hour or two, but for the extra sleep (and for your health!) it’s totally worth it.

[via Woman’s Day]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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