If you are one of the persons who doesn’t like to get up and work before the sun rises, then this will be a good news for you. Scientist discovered that working before 10 am is torture that can make you feel exhausted and stressed. All of this is a result of sleep deprivation.
Dr. Paul Kelley, an honorary clinical research associate at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute believes that work and school days begin too early, so maybe it is the time to change that rhythm since it can harm our body.
“Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time. Your body will be attuned to sunlight and you’re not conscious of it because it reports to the hypothalamus, not sight.
“This is a huge society issue; Staff should start at 10 am. You don’t get back to [the 9 am] starting point until 55. The staff is usually sleep deprived. 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.
“This applies to the bigger picture to prisons and hospitals. They wake up people and give people food they don’t want. You’re more biddable because you’re totally out of it. Sleep deprivation is a torture. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
According to this doctor, students are losing sleep, and about 10 hours of it, just because they have to get up too early. Because of that, he says the school should start around 10 am, and students will improve their grades.
“At the age of 10 you get up and go to school and it fits in with our nine-to-five lifestyle. When you are about 55 you also settle into the same pattern. But in between it changes a huge amount and, depending on your age, you really need to be starting around three hours later, which is entirely natural.”
There are some predictions that if schools would adopt this kind of change, attainment would rise for about 10%. In addition to that, more than 100 schools across England are already in the middle of four-year experiment concerning time of getting up and going to class.
Professor Colin Epsie, who is leading the sleep study, stated next: “Your parents think it’s because you’re lazy and opinionated and everything would be ok if you could get to sleep earlier. But science is telling us that teenagers need to sleep more in the mornings. Society’s provision for learning is school, but the brain’s is sleep. So we’re exploring the possibility that if you delay the schools start time until 10 am, it will improve learning performance.”
If the research shows that predictions are true, the school system will have to change. Dr. Kelly added to that: “Current [sleep] patterns increase the risk of diabetes and schizophrenia. It is no coincident that 70% of mental illnesses start between the ages of around 11 and 24. A societal change could see students improve their grades, and boost the health and output of employees.”