Dr. Paul Kelley, a leading researcher at Oxford University, has recently discovered that the most common type of modern torture is actually having to wake up and start work before 10 o’clock in the early morning, something that affects a many people.
Our bodies work on biological timers, known as our Circadian Rhythm. This is our body clock if you like, and it is a genetically pre-programmed cycle which regulates our brain activity, energy levels, hormone production and perception of time. By beginning work prior to 10 am every day, we are scientifically torturing ourselves through unnaturally interfering our Circadian Rhythm, hence throwing many aspects of our health out of balance.
“We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time … your liver and your heart have various patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours.”
How Did This Happen?
Introduced in the early 20th century, the 8 hour working day was designed around the maximization of 24/7 factory productivity, not taking into consideration the natural human body clock. However, our ancient bodies progressed around the daily cycle of sunlight, not these modern day strategies of business and commerce! Dr Paul Kelley, speaking at the British Science Celebration says:
“We have got a sleep deprived society” and “This is a global problem. Everybody is suffering and they do not have to.”
His idea was to move the start time of a school in Britain from 8.30 am to 10.00 am. Upon testing this theory at a chosen school, after a certain amount of time and an additional wave of tests, he wasn’t surprised to see that the attendance levels had actually improved along with the general productivity of the school– and most significantly the students’ grades were up drastically.
If we were to transfer this idea into other sectors of society just think of the improvements. Instead of overtired, overworked, coffee intoxicated zombies operating in the hours of the day when they should be sleeping, we would have a naturally efficient, completely fledged, focused society of useful, happy people. The companies who are forcing their employees to begin before 10 am are adding to serious emotional and physical stresses felt by their employees and encouraging longer term negative health risks as a result of these stringent, unhealthy working patterns. These patterns could be a big reason as to why the average American consumers over 3 cups of coffee every single day to try and keep themselves as alert as they possibly can. To put that into perspective, that’s 40 billion dollars a year– on coffee!
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