Forcing People to Get Up Early Sort of Kills Them a Bit

By Gary Cutlack on at

Researchers looking into human sleep patterns have found that some people really shouldn't be made to start work early, as forcing night people to become morning people appears to raise their chances of dying prematurely by 10 per cent.

That's what a study co-authored by the University of Surrey found, with the team suggesting that businesses might want to start taking people's natural body rhythms into account and end the habit of making staff all trudge into work at the same time. Let night owls stay up late looking at their screens and start work later in the day for their health, they say, and have the weird morning people all jittering away and annoyingly sparky at 6:00am. Segregate them. No one likes hearing how awake you were at 5:45am or cares what the sky looked like then.

The study monitored 500,000 Britons over the course of six years, and found that people who stay up late have higher rates of diabetes and mental disorders. Surrey's Malcolm von Schantz said: "This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored. We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical. And we need more research about how we can help evening types cope with the higher effort of keeping their body clock in synchrony with sun time." [Sky News]


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