Ever wished you were the person who leapt out of bed at 6am with a smile on their face ready for a morning run, but just can’t quite make the synapses work until after that mid morning coffee? Well, science is on your side. It turns out that you’re not lazy, that’s simply how your internal clock operates.
According to an article on Vox.com this week, we all have an internal clock that monitors our sleep/wake cycle, and everyone’s is a little different. Most people, they say, tend to sleep between 11pm and 7am, but up to as many as 40% don’t fit that model.
What surprised us about the article was that overwhelmingly people felt that there was a stigma attached to being a late riser. It seems that those of us who think 10am is a very reasonable time to get up, whilst generally going to bed later as well with many reporting that they don’t get to sleep until two or three in the morning, feel we are branded as lazy in a way that’s permeated the everyday vernacular. The consequence is a feeling of being judged, as if being able to rise at 6am is not merely something one does or not, but a marker of success.
Well, if that’s the case then wave this article firmly in the faces of any accusers and wear your night owl status with pride because it appears you are entirely justified – science says so. Vox’s article shows accounts of people saying they have been mocked by friends and colleagues and told they aren’t trying hard enough. You can see how it’s happened, it all seems like a joke to tell someone they’re lazy, but we all know that if it’s something you feel sensitive about then ‘banter’ simply isn’t funny, and for some being a late sleeper or a ‘late chronotype’ makes life extremely difficult.
So in all seriousness, is this another example of trying to put square pegs in round holes? We’re all so used to a nine ‘till five working day model, is this another area of discrimination that we need to open our eyes to in order to create a more productive workforce and happier way of life? After all, it would make sense to work when we feel most alert! Something to sleep on perhaps…
Do you feel judged for being a late sleeper?
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