A Scientific Case For Starting The Workday At 10 A.M.

Sleep deprivation has become a bigger and bigger problem in the U.S., with 40 percent of adults getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night, and one-third of U.S. workers getting six hours or less of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long work hours and lengthy commutes may be partially blame, new research from the University of Pennsylvania finds.

Scientists have pointed towards a potential solution — but it would require a drastic change to the typical American workday. Pushing back work start times could help combat chronic sleep loss, according to the study, published in the December issue of the journal SLEEP.

The researchers analyzed the sleep habits of nearly 125,000 Americans over the age of 15, using eight years’ worth of data from the American Time Use Surveys. They found that more than any other activity, people shorten their sleep time because they’re working. Respondents who got less than seven hours of sleep per night also had longer commutes, began their commutes earlier in the morning, and ended their commutes later in the evening than normal sleepers.

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