Whether it is going to class, going to work, or starting your day off with some sort of task, everyone has that time of the day where they put on their working hat. Some people start their work at 11 if thats the earliest class they have for that day, or some people start at 5:30, if there job requires them to start that early like a paper man. What I would like to know is when is the best time of the day to start your work? At what time are humans most efficient?
Scientist and clinical research associate at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institue Dr. Paul Kelley at Oxford University believes that starting work before 10 am is torturous . He believes that the circadian rhythms of adults are completely out of sync with the normal working hours, that usually start around 8. Dr. Kelley did a study where he changed the starting time of a school from 8:30 to 10. This experiment concluded that the number of top grades in the school rose by %19.
Dr. Kelley states that a sixteen year old should start their school at 10 a.m. because we have a sleep-deprived society. Sleep-deprivation has been shown to have significant effects on human health. A study showed that having less than six hours of sleep a night can affect how genes function. This means that if we are making people wake up and start their work day before their body naturally wakes up, then we are depriving humans of their sleep, which Dr. Kelley stated to be very dangerous.
Dr. Kelley believes that his experiment with school kids will correlate to adults where if they were to change the starting work time from 8 to 10am, there would be an increase in efficiency. He stated that waking up and starting work before 10am is “hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical, emotional, and performance systems in the body.”
After doing the research I did, Dr, Kelley’s studies seemed to be the only legitimate ones that I could use for this blog. I do hope that there will be other studies that are focused on finding out what time is the best time of the day to start work. Because even though Dr. Kelley’s studies are convincing, more is better.
I can conclude that 10 am sounds like the ideal time to start your work day, whether you are a student or an adult going to work. Circadian rhythms should be considered when bosses decide when to bring their employees in for work, because sleep deprivation can be a dangerous thing to a human’s health. If you have any thoughts or new ideas on this topic, please comment below!