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Work before 9am is 'Torture' says Sleep Expert (Video)

September 18, 2015


Work before 9am is 'Torture' says Sleep Expert (Video)

Dr Paul Kelley, who is a sleep specialist at Oxford University, has publically stated that “making people aged under 55 start work before 9am is akin to torture”. He added that “forcing staff to work nine-to-five leaves their bodies exhausted and stressed as a result of sleep deprivation”. Dr Kelley, is an honorary clinical research fellow at Oxford University's Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, and is a firm believer that there is a massive health need for society to change work, as well as school starting times, so that they fit naturally with the human body clock. In his opinion he thinks that businesses and education facilities are simply risking employee and student output while also storing up potential health problems among employees and school attendees.

Staggered Start Times Could be the Answer

Dr Kelley has even gone so far as calling for staggered start times at schools and in workplaces and has said that this request is based on research done on the human body's 24 hour rhythms. He went on to say that:

“The body has a 'master pacemaker' in the brain set by specialised receptors in the eye which affects the whole body. Lack of sleep has been found to affect attention and long-term memory and to encourage drug and alcohol abuse. It can also cause anger, anxiety, frustration, impulsive behaviour, weight gain, high blood pressure, stress and mental health problems. Young people are especially vulnerable to sleep deprivation and the school day should have a staggered start with older children arriving at 11am to allow them to have a lie in.”

Our Tips to Beat the Bedtime Blues:

No matter what you think of Dr Paul Kelley’s sleep theory, the one thing the entire world does agree on is that sleep is a healthy part of everyday life. Because of this no matter what your sleeping pattern, it is always good to follow these simple Beat the Bedtime Blues Sleep Tips:


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