Adults Should Start Work Later in the Day, Sleep Experts Say

Last week when I was visiting some friends who work at a museum, I was surprised to learn that they didn’t have to be at work until 10 a.m.—at the earliest. I love sleeping in, so I was a little envious; I couldn’t help but daydream about a world where everyone could get to work later in the day.

I’m not alone in thinking that humankind could use a few more minutes of sleep. Scientist Paul Kelley, an expert on sleep patterns, believes that people between the ages of 18-and-55 should be starting work at 10 a.m. or later. Kelley’s research illustrates that starting the workday a bit later has several benefits, including a lower risk for anxiety, weight gain, and diabetes.

A new study from the U.S. Department of Health backs up Kelley’s claims, stating that a later start to the day, not just for adults but children and teens as well, could make people more productive overall.

You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: To ensure that you get a good night's sleep, avoid using your smartphones, laptops, and tablets right before bed. In fact, Kelley recommends forgoing all devices with bright screens at least an hour before sleeping. The light disrupts the brain’s natural production of melatonin, the chemical that lets your body know it’s time for sleep.

One way to ensure that you can sleep in a bit? Use a silk eye mask to block out the bright morning light.

Do you wish work started later?