Companies worldwide have been torturing their employees with sleep deprivation by asking them to come to work when they should actually be sleeping. Dr Paul Kelley of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Institute says the same goes for schools and their students.
A typical school day eight till three and a working 9 to 5 day and requires most of those trapped to wake up much earlier just to get there on time which is out of touch with our natural clock.
Workers and children that wake up to the annoying alarm clock sound risk a long-term sleep deprivation that can lead to all kinds of mental and physical health issues, as well as schizophrenia and depression.
“This is a huge society issue,” Dr Kelley told the British Science a Festival in Bradford in 2015. “Staff should start at 10am. You don’t get back to (the 9am) starting point till 55 … We’ve got a sleep-deprived society.
“Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.
“We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time. Your body will be attuned to sunlight, and you’re not conscious of it because it reports to hypothalamus, not sight.
“This applies in the bigger picture to prisons and hospitals. They wake up people and give people food they don’t want. You’re more biddable because you’re totally out of it. Sleep deprivation is a torture.”
Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect the overall performance, the mental and physical activity, and can lead to anger, stress, anxiety, impulsive behaviour, high blood pressure, weight gain, lower immunity defence and even lead to developing alcohol and drug addiction.
Psychology to the wrights that only one week with less than six hours of sleep can lead to 711 changes in how genes function.
In an experiment conducted by the Oxford University tens of thousands of students are starting school at 10 AM in an effort to improve their test the results.
”Just by changing the start time you can improve quality of life for whole generations of children,” Kelley said. “We have an opportunity here to do something that would benefit millions of people on Earth.”
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