B Society, from Denmark, might have an answer for you. Based on Chronobiology, the study of the human body internal clock, also called circadian rhythms, this organization is proposing that we rearrange work and school hours respecting everyone’s most productive hours. You know how some people just can’t function before 10 am? Or how some are more productive when they work at night? That is all related to our circadian rhythms.
But what the heck is Chronobiology and circadian rhythms? B Society explains it:
“Chronobiology is the study of human beings’ internal clocks – our circadian rhythms. These daily rhythms are genetically determined and refer to the times of day or night when each human being prefers to be awake or asleep. They also relate to the optimal times during which we can achieve our peak performance. The division of circadian rhythms comprises a variety of chronotypes that include persons with tendencies to be very early chronotypes (A-persons/early risers with earlier peak performance), and spans all the way to include persons who are very late chronotypes (B- persons/late risers with later peak performance).” [Source: http://www.b-society.org/pdf/B-society.pdf]
Why should late risers be restrained by the pre-established work hours, averagely from 9am to 5pm? Why should schools start at 8am, if 80% of young people from 10 to 20 years old, according to B Society, are type B, which means they hit their peek performances in the afternoon or nighttime? The idea defended by the group is to make it more flexible, so that early risers can continue with their routine, but late risers would have the option to start school or work at 10am, instead of 9am, and finish it later. Wouldn’t it be great if society recognize the differences between people and just embraced a more flexible work and study schedule?
- Sleep Chronotherapy – Resetting Your Circadian Rhythm (getagoodnightssleep.wordpress.com)
- The Circadian Rhythm (hormonehousecalls.wordpress.com)
- It’s about time: Disrupted internal clocks play role in disease (eurekalert.org)
- Guest Blog: Understanding Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders (brendamarroyauthor.com)
- Insomnia declared “public health epidemic” (utsandiego.com)