Study: We are waking up too early

A study from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine suggests that we are waking up too early for work and school. The study was published in the journal Sleep. It is recommended that people should be get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. According to the CDC, 30% of employed adults in the United States do not get that much sleep. A lack of sleep decreases long-term productivity, quality of skin, sex drive.

The researchers analyzed 124,517 American adults' sleep and work habits. The data was recorded in the American Time Use Surveys from 2003 to 2011. The results showed that with every hour that work or educational training started later in the morning, sleep time increased by 20 minutes. The participants slept an average of 6 hours when starting work before or at 6 am and 7.29 hours when starting work between 9 am and 10 am. Self-employed workers got significantly more sleep than private sector employees and were 17% less likely to be a short sleeper

The researchers determined that people need to start their day later, or at least make their start time more flexible. Flexible schedules could make people feel better at work. It is proven to help attract and retain top talent. A pro-sleep culture is healthy for everyone.

Side effects of lack of sleep

·       Drowsiness can cause car accidents and injuries on the job

·       Impairs ability to learn

·       Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes

·       Kills sex drive

·       Ages your skin

·       Can cause depression

·       Decreases memory

·       Can cause weight gain

·       Increases risk of death

·       Impairs judgment