Scientist: Forcing People to Work before 10 AM is Basically Torture

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Is your boss telling you to do actual work before 10 AM? If so, he's effectively torturing you by forcing you to work outside of your natural circadian rhythms. That's the conclusion of Dr. Paul Kelley of Oxford University, an expert on sleep. The National Post quotes him:

“This applies in the bigger picture to prisons and hospitals,” he added. “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.” […]

Lack of sleep has been found to affect performance, attention and long-term memory and to encourage drug and alcohol use. It also leads to anxiety, frustration, anger, impulsive behaviour, weight gain, high blood pressure, lower immunity, stress and mental health conditions.

-via Dave Barry

People adapt. A good feature. I remember my first factory job that began at 7 AM. The first few days it ate at me, but I did adjust. One summer I had a 5PM to 5AM shift. The money was good. I was able to buy my first car. The worst part was having no social life.
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