Science Suggests That Working Before 10 AM Is Actually Equivalent To Torture
Here’s the thing: I desperately want to jump on board with this and say “Yeah, fuck working before 10AM. Look at what science is saying and then go and suck all the dicks, Bossman!” However, I only want to do that to fit in. Feel like everyone is going to be at the Fuck Work Before 10AM party and I want to be a cool kid. I need that invite.
But…even if science is backing this with fancy facts and shit, I don’t 100% agree.
It’s not that I’m some raging workaholic who wants to work 12 hour shifts from 7AM to 7PM every day and have no life. I want a life, I would just be better served if science came out and said we shouldn’t work after 2PM rather than not starting until 10AM. I’ll gladly take the 7AM to 2PM shift. Seems like a way better deal to me. I like seeing the sun in the winter and playing a late afternoon round of golf in the summer. With modern work hours, those things aren’t really possible. And if I start at 10AM, that’s just going to prolong my work day and make me want to stay up later so I feel like I have a fucking life. But science disagrees with my opinion.
Per True Activist:
According to Oxford University researcher Dr. Paul Kelley, forcing staff to work before 10 a.m. is equivalent to torture. It is also making employees ill, exhausted, and stressed.
He told the National Post:
“Before the age of 55, the circadian rhythms of adults are completely out of sync with normal nine-to-five working hours, posing a “serious threat” to performance, mood and mental health.”
“Staff are 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.
Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to,” he says.
This picture is supposed to better illustrate how the human body works. Bowel movements and all. Yummy.
I want to sleep in just as bad as the next guy, and that desire is amplified by A MILLION in the dead of winter, but I much rather get work out of the way two hours earlier than sleep a little longer. Not to mention, if we do use that extra morning time to sleep, then we really haven’t gained anything. Our life would just be working, eating, sleeping and those wonderful moments when bowel movements are likely.
[H/T True Activist]