Need More Sleep? Science Says We Should Start Work at 10 A.M.

Sacha Strebe

Sitting at work mid-yawn wondering why you still feel so tired? Well, sleep scientist Paul Kelley says your 9 a.m. work start is the problem. The honorary clinical research fellow at Oxford University's Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute says our "sleep-deprived society" should be starting work at 10 a.m. Speaking at the British Science Festival, Kelley said lack of sleep is "hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical emotional and performance systems in the body." Previous research into sleep deprivation has only focused on children and adolescents, but the majority of the workforce doesn't fall into this age category. According to the Pew Research Center, "Millennial workers between the ages of 18 and 34 make up the largest share of the American workforce"; that's one in three employees. The myriad of health problems connected to lack of sleep includes depression, increased risk of substance abuse, higher risk of obesity, and in some cases fatality. 

To read more about this research, visit Huffington Post.

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