Oxford University researcher says waking up before 10.00am is tantamount to torture.
According to Dr. Paul Kelley, a leading researcher at the University of Oxford, having to get up and start work before 10 o’clock in the morning should be considered a form of torture.
According to Dr. Kelley; “We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time…your liver and your heart have different patterns, and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours.”
So if this is the case, why are the structures of the day organized along lines that are provably disruptive to health? The reason dates back to the early days of the twentieth century when the eight-hour working day was introduced to maximize 24/7 factory productivity and remained in place, largely unchanged, until this day.
Dr. Kelley experimented on a small-scale with moving the start time of a British school from 8.30 am to 10 in the morning. After a period, Dr. Kelley noted that attendance levels, general productivity in the school and the students’ performances had all dramatically increased. This small experiment could have huge implications if it were to be applied to other areas of society. In fact, it could feasibly lead to a more productive, rounded and focussed society and healthier individuals.