Here`s you setting an alarm clock to be in time for your tomorrow`s 9 a.m. class. But you know what? Stop it! Being a responsible adult who you undoubtedly are, you should know that it`s bad for your health to get involved in any kind of activities before 10 a.m. I wish university administration knew this.
They actually do. The professors of one university, in particular, know this for sure. They conducted a massive scientific research at Oxford and found out that people were not meant to be productive at that early ungodly hour. I knew that through all my life and it`s a shame nobody wanted to support this theory of mine. Thank goodness, the Oxford guys are here to prove it!
The Early Bird Gets the Worm… or Does It?
I wonder what the night owls are supposed to get in this case. Well, the division of human race for the early birds and night owls does exist. It`s been proven by multiple scientific institutions. This system helped a lot our ancestors during those dangerous and dark times in the past. The cavemen had a lot of enemies from the warring tribes and the hungry predators. So there were those people who would stay up the whole night and watch the group.
This phenomenon got transferred into the genes of modern people and now we have those who are better at working when it`s all dark outside. There is a theory that you can change your biorhythms and become a night owl or an early bird. This is partly true because you can develop a habit in 21 days so you can get used to waking up and going to bed early during that time.
However, there is this category of people which are called by scientists “the genetic night owls”. If they change their biorhythms, they would be less productive, would always feel tired and sleepy. If one of your parents is a hard-core night owl, there is a huge chance you`re one as well.
So, basically, mother nature has come up with a perfect plan how to keep everybody safe and productive in different parts of day and night. But what`s with the 10 a.m. results?
Don’t Move Until It’s 10 a.m.
Paul Kelley is a professor at Oxford University who was in charge of this ground-breaking discovery. He has published his research which was is based on the observing of biorhythms of men and women of different age, professions, and lifestyles. Turned out they were significantly more concentrated and focused on the work only after 10 a.m. This is the peak of humans` daily activity. There is another one at 4 p.m. but it`s usually smaller (unless you`re a night owl).
The good news is that some governments have taken this research into consideration and now are thinking about applying the new system of the working hours. Great Britain, however, is planning to start the working day even earlier – at 8 a.m. so the employees would have more time in the evening when all the activities are happening. Which variant would you prefer: 10 a.m. as a start for studying or working with all the energy and productivity or 8 a.m. as a start so you can have more hours of evening fun?