I could have told you that

You didn’t ask me, of course. Still, it’s good to have corroboration:

Dr. Paul Kelley, a researcher at Oxford University, has scientifically corroborated the claim that nearly every worker to ever live has made: that it sucks to work before 10 AM. In an interview, Kelley said:

“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.”

I got news for you, Doc: said rhythms don’t necessarily realign themselves at 55.

“Staff are usually sleep deprived.” Kelley asserts. “We’ve got a sleep-deprived society. It is hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical emotional and performance systems in the body. Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”

I did fairly well on swing shift (3:30-midnight) in my thirties. Physically, anyway. (Socially, I was douchey.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 July 2018 · 2:15 pm

    Though, IDK: in some industries if they shifted to a start-time of 10 am, people wouldn’t get off work until 7 pm or later.

    I for one would loathe teaching 5-7 pm labs, which is what might happen with the Great Rescheduling

    (Then again, we have all-but-eliminated 8 am classes because when faced with that option, relatively few students sign up.)

  2. CGHill »

    29 July 2018 · 2:39 pm

    I remember hating 8 am classes, half a century ago.

  3. fillyjonk »

    29 July 2018 · 4:19 pm

    I was the one person in my department who would teach them willingly, but eventually they just kind of went away, because of low enrollment. The problem is, sometimes finding rooms is a real Tetris game for the “popular” times like 11 am. I’ve taught in a lot of suboptimal rooms (too small, insufficient tech for what I wanted, etc.) because of scheduling issues.

  4. McGehee »

    29 July 2018 · 5:07 pm

    I’ve held jobs that entailed rolling out as early as 1:00 a.m. I found that being off from work hours before afternoon rush hour was an enormous compensation, as long as the early start wasn’t every day for a week.

    I hate having big chunks of a day go to waste, and daylight hours before work are hours I can’t really put to productive use.

    Though I suppose if I were allowed to stick to a schedule I consider normal, having the workplace to myself until 10 would have been heavenly.

  5. Fred Z »

    29 July 2018 · 10:08 pm

    It’s age related. I’m 65 and for the last 5 or so years I wake up with a bang at anywhere between 3:30 and 5:30, wide awake and ready to go.

    I’m annoyed as hell when it’s too dark, or too dewy to work at 4:00 or 6:00 or thereabouts. I drink coffee and sulk.

    I fall asleep at about 8:00 PM or 9:00 PM, so there’s that.

  6. Roger Green »

    30 July 2018 · 5:45 am

    The only course I ever failed in college was at 8 a.m.

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