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'Night owls' struggle more than 'morning larks'

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Seti42

I read (I think at IFLScience.com) that we may have evolved to have differing sleep patterns so that someone is always up and alert at any time to keep watch. Life was dangerous 24/7 for most of humanity's history, after all.
That said, I find the 9-5 schedule forced upon us to be unnatural. Thankfully, there are SOME jobs for night people. I usually work noon-8 for example. Sadly, though most career-path jobs stick to that 9-5 schedule that many do not like.

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Herr Falukorv
1 hour ago, Seti42 said:

I read (I think at IFLScience.com) that we may have evolved to have differing sleep patterns so that someone is always up and alert at any time to keep watch. Life was dangerous 24/7 for most of humanity's history, after all.
That said, I find the 9-5 schedule forced upon us to be unnatural. Thankfully, there are SOME jobs for night people. I usually work noon-8 for example. Sadly, though most career-path jobs stick to that 9-5 schedule that many do not like.

9 - 5 would be a dream come true.. Here in sweden its 7-16

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aztek

early bird gets the worm.  

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Robin_Shadowes

I hate morning larks. Welcome to my side. The dark side. I can't stand daylight. The night is so much better.

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Habitat

Morning people do seem to be the healthiest. 

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Goddess of the Mist
7 hours ago, Seti42 said:

I read (I think at IFLScience.com) that we may have evolved to have differing sleep patterns so that someone is always up and alert at any time to keep watch. Life was dangerous 24/7 for most of humanity's history, after all.
That said, I find the 9-5 schedule forced upon us to be unnatural. Thankfully, there are SOME jobs for night people. I usually work noon-8 for example. Sadly, though most career-path jobs stick to that 9-5 schedule that many do not like.

What you read about the differing sleep patterns makes a lot of sense.  It sure would explain how people can be so different in this way.  Completely agree with you about the 9-5 thing feeling unnatural.  When I work that schedule, I feel like part of my soul is dying, lol.  But I've had to do just that for much of my life due to the "career-path" jobs you mention.  There have been a few times, though, where I've had schedules I really enjoyed like 3-11, or my all time fave 10-7! :)

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Goddess of the Mist

Yes, I wish that "we as a society could be more flexible about how we manage time".  Short but sweet article. Luckily, there's coffee!

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AllPossible

I wake up, drink espresso, go back too sleep

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InconceivableThoughts

Ive always called this my body clock and in my opinion is completely adaptable to ones situation. Meaning its ones choice to be a night owl or a early bird. So again in my opinion this study is bogus because its obvious that if someone stayed up all night and tried to go to work at 9 am they wouldnt function aswell as someone with a full nights sleep. Its called sleep deprivation.  Its science but its not rocket science. No study needed...

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Essan

I can't understand people lazing in bed when it's daylight :D    

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spud the mackem

I.M.O. this thread is rubbish,  I worked shifts for 36 years , 6 weeks on nights, 2 weeks on days ,and 2 weeks on evenings . I have been retired for 21 years and don't have any sleep patterns , when I tire I go to bed and manage at least 6 hours sleep then get up and do all the chores including shopping without any ill effects. Todays people have it easy as we worked a 48 hour week , not a 9 to 5, 40 hour week. And when I was at sea we worked a 9 hour day 7 days a week and enjoyed every minute of it.

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