We’ve all been told that 8 hours of sleep is enough for the average person. But while for some people this may be undoubtedly true, in the vast majority of cases we do have difficulties waking up in the morning, no matter what time we go to bed. Why does this happen? Of course, all people are different. Some of us are clearly ’larks’ — early risers — while others of us are distinctly ’night owls.’ The rest of us fall somewhere in between the two. But, despite all these differences, very few people actually like waking up at the crack of dawn.
Luckily, the leading sleep experts have recently explained this issue and we are happy to share their observations with you today.
Researchers at Oxford University have found that the work schedules of the majority of people do conflict with our natural circadian rhythms. This may lead to many health disorders, including mental and physical problems, anxiety, weight gain, and high blood pressure.
As the study’s results have shown, the early start of the working day can be unhealthy for humans. Children between the ages of 8 and 10 should start school no earlier than 8:30 a.m., while those from 16 to 18 years of age should start at 10 a.m. or later.
Adults can benefit from a later waking-up time, too. According to the scientists, people between the ages of 18 and 55 should start their work at or after 10 a.m. Young people aged between 14 and 24 experience the most sleep deprivation and lose about two hours’ sleep per night. For people aged 24 to 30, the average sleep loss per night is about an hour and a half. Thus, each day of sleep loss is added to the next, until we have a chance to sleep in.
The researchers also claim that the hours we spend in front of our computers, phones, and other devices can negatively affect our sleep quality. That is why turning off our gadgets at least 1 hour before bedtime can make our sleep healthier and more restful.
Ultimately, it’s time to pay attention to this issue and change the hours we work. We can’t fool Mother Nature, after all.
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