Have trouble getting up for work in the morning? Do you drink more caffeine than is strictly recommended? You’re not the only one. Recent studies have concluded that we all deserve a bit of extra shut eye overnight, and that this will increase overall happiness in the workplace and productivity. Everyone wins!
Everyone has had days in the workplace where they find themselves falling asleep or feeling drowsy, overcompensating for their lack of sleep with ridiculous amounts of coffee. Now science finally agrees that we all need a better night’s sleep and later starts at work, and who would argue with that? (Except for, ah, your boss…)
Life can be very hectic when balancing work, social and personal dilemmas, and this causes stress and a lack of sleep. Recently, many studies have been undertaken which argue that all employees need to get more sleep to increase productivity and overall well-being. Everyone should be getting around seven to nine hours sleep each night, but this most definitely isn’t always the case — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 per cent of employed US adults clock significantly less than that. Their report concluded that sleep deprivation is impacted by a range of societal factors, but pointed the finger at busy and constant work schedules as a leading cause for lack of sleep amongst employed individuals.
A study by Mathias Basner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine analysed 124,517 American adults’ sleeping habits and work schedules from 2003 to 2011, and determined that a way to rectify this sleep issue would be to start the work day later, or at least make the time more flexible. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also released information which has determined that a later start is needed, stating that for every hour that work is started later in the morning, sleep time is increased by 20 minutes. Those who start work before 6am only obtained an average of 6 hours, and those who started work between 9 and 10 am obtained about 7.29 hours.
Self-employed respondents had the most positive results, and obtained significantly more sleep than employees in a private sector.
These studies suggest that if employees started work later, their health would benefit — they’d be more happy and productive in the workplace, which could have benefits for employers as well.
Do you suffer from a lack of sleep? Do you think the start time in the workplace should be knocked back, or should everyone just toughen up and get on with it?
Let us know in the comments!