Doctor Reckons We Shouldn't Start Work Before 10am

Publish Date
Thursday, 10 September 2015, 3:19PM


Dr. Paul Kelley works at Oxford University and says our circadian rhythms (changes in our body that respond to light and darkness) aren't suited to the 9-5 life.

Kelley says when you're younger, it's much easier to go to bed early and get up early:

"By the time you are 20, 19 or 18 you're getting up and going to sleep up to three hours later. It's natural and uncontrollable in the sense that you cannot change it".

He says it's a huge international problem that's killing people everyday.

"Sleep deprivation is a torture. Thirty days without sleep and you die. It has about the same effect as not eating. Staff should start at 10am.  You don't get back to [the 9am] starting point until 55. Staff are usually sleep-deprived. We've got a sleep-deprived society."

So there we go.  Good luck convincing your boss/uni lecturer/teacher!