If you’re anything like us, you’ll spend most mornings wishing for an extra hour under the covers.
So, we were delighted with the results of a new survey which has confirmed what we always thought was true – it’s biologically unnatural to get up before 10am.
The research was carried out at Oxford University and found that being an early bird can cause illness, stress and exhaustion.
“Before the age of 55, the circadian rhythms of adults are completely out of sync with normal nine-to-five working hours, posing a serious threat to performance, mood and mental health,” said sleep expert Dr Paul Kelley.
Dr Kelley’s research showed that at 10 years of age, a child’s biological wake-up time is about 6.30am, which rises to 8am by the time they turn 18.
“A 7am alarm call for older adolescents is the equivalent of a 4.30am start for a teacher in their 50s.”
Dr Kelley went on to say that traditional working times were putting major pressure on society and should be changed to reflect the body’s natural rhythms.
“Staff are usually sleep deprived. We’ve got a sleep deprived society. It is hugely damaging on the body’s system because you are affecting physical, emotional and performance systems in the body,” he explained.
“Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
We’re no experts on the science behind it but this sounds pretty good to us!