Do you long for mornings to kick-start later during the day, and thus suffering from the lack of adequate sleep?! This is but the result of our current system of work and educational institutions, according to a sleep expert from the UK, Paul Kelley of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute.
Sleep expert Paul Kelley argues that society in facing a sleep-deprivation crisis whereby working hours compel us to switch to schedules that are unnatural and inappropriate to our internal body clocks.
“This is a huge issue for society,” Kelley said in a statement to The Guardian. “We are generally a sleep-deprived society but the 14–24 age group is more sleep-deprived than any other sector of society. This causes serious threats to health, mood performance and mental health.”
Kelley also says that students in the UK are losing 10 hours’ sleep every week because of unnaturally early morning classes. He has a project whereby 100 schools are to be recruited to participate in a trial experiment to set up classes at later hours such as 8:30am for kids between 8 to 10 years of age, and 10am for 16-year-olds, and 11am for 18-year-olds.
“At the age of 10 you get up and go to school and it fits in with our 9-to–5 lifestyle,” said Kelley. “When you are about 55 you also settle into the same pattern. But in between it changes a huge amount and, depending on your age, you really need to be starting around 3 hours later, which is entirely natural.”
So, according to Kelley, teenagers and young adults are waking up too early everyday.
““Staff should start at 10am… Staff are usually sleep-deprived,” said Kelley in a statement. “Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to. We cannot change out 24-hour rhythms.”