The Science Behind Why Working Before 10 Am Is Equivalent To Torture



    There may be a scientific reason why you cant stop hitting that snooze button in the mornings. Its actually because waking from sleep before 10 a.m. is biologically unnatural.

    Youve been there, dreading that morning alarm. Whether is the coffee that helps to inspire you to rise from your bed before 7 am or its your kids waking you up at insane hours of the morning, either way you are up and functioning before you should be.

    While its pretty safe to say that most of us adults are typically deprived of sleep, one other reason may be less than optimistic about leaving the house and venturing to work at 8am is that its biologically unnatural.

    According to Dr. Paul Kelley, an Oxford University researcher, forcing your staff to work before 10 a.m. is equivalent to the ravages of torture. Getting up earlier than 10 also seems to create illness, stress and exhaustion in employees.

    In an interview with the National Post, Dr. Kelley stated that,

    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.

    For this same reason, Dr. Kelly strongly believes that there needs to be a global change in not only our work schedules but also our school starting time as well, this will help us sync up with our natural biological clocks.

    Studies that are based on examining the circadian rhythms have been able to show that on average a 10-year-old will struggle to focus on their academic work until about 8:30 a.m. According to one of the researchers, a 16-year-old teenager should start at about 10 a.m. for best results and students that attend Universities and colleges should start around 11 a.m.

    Dr. Kelley believes that if we implement a simple delay in our school times, we could see improvement in our grades by around 10%. Dr. Kelly at one point used to be a headteacher in Tyneside, while working there he put his theory to the test by simply changing the schools start time from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and amazingly he was able to see the number of top grades rise by a whopping 19%!


    Not only could students see benefits from the later start times but also the Educators as well. Through Dr. Kelleys research, he found that the staff shouldnt start work till 10 am. In fact, workers should not be returned to a 9 am schedule until they reached the age of 55.

    Dr. Kelley continued by saying,

    Staff are usually sleep deprived. Weve got a sleep-deprived society. It is hugely damaging on the bodys systems because you are affecting physical emotional and performance systems in the body. Your liver and your heart have different patterns and youre asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they dont have to.

    If we look at the connections between the human body, Earth, and the light from the suns natural rhythms, it isnt really possible to change its 24 hour cycle. Later start times should affect every aspect of society, including prisons and hospitals. In these settings, people are usually woken up and given food they do not want. Youre more biddable because youre totally out of it. Sleep deprivation is a torture, shares Kelley.

    Many companies could see a positive benefit if they moved all of their schedules to after 10 a.m. Companies with early work times tend to see a large decrease in their employees work output while leaving their employees more at risk of being susceptible to become sick.