We live in a world that worships the early riser. Think of all the quotes of waking up early.
“Starting early is the way to get ahead; lateness is ugly as sin”.
“Early sleep and early wake up, gives health and makes you grow”
And many more….
So the message is clear, but still some of us we want sleep late.
A couple of months ago, the research of science of chronobiology, find out that we all have an internal clock that keeps us on a consistent sleep and wake cycle. But the scientist says that everyone’s clock is not the same. Biggest percentage of people fall in the middle, preferring to sleep around 11 pm to 7 am. But many of us, perhaps 40 percent of the population — don’t naturally fit in this schedule.
There are night owls among us, whose whole schedules is shifted later and morning larks, who are shifted earlier.
Research shows that those traits are determined by genetics and are extremely hard to change. Along with it, they find out that if we fight our chronotypes, our health may suffer.
I personally didn’t struggle the most with the health implications of messing with my clock. The point is that late sleepers are tired of being judged for a behavior they cannot easily control. If they can’t change their sleep patterns, maybe society should become more accepting of them.
Late sleepers claim that they have a hard time falling asleep before 2 or 3 am, and prefer to sleep until around noon. There’s nothing wrong with their sleep other than that their schedules for it are shifted.
Most people assume that late sleepers are the party people and associate them as irresponsible because they can’t keep a basic schedule.
“I felt like such a loser because I wasn’t able to do it [wake up early],” Michell List, a 34-year-old HR administrator who lives in Lake Placid.
Growing up with parents, in a strict household, sometimes is hard to meet your parents’ expectations.
So the question is should late sleepers change their habits, or should society become more accepting of them?
Camilla Kring is the founder of the B-society, an international group calling for increased acceptance of the late sleepers and evening-oriented. She said: “I actually think we have a lot of discrimination in our society against late chronotypes,”. Official metings at the beginning of workdays favor early risers (whose mental sharpness peaks earlier as well).
In a world where the internet connection is available 24/7, everything is possible, she argues, companies ought to allow workers to set more flexible schedules around their ideal sleep time.
But it also just makes common sense: In order to be more productive we should be working when we feel most alert. Whether disparities can be fixed by altering schedules to better suit chronotypes hasn’t undergone rigorous scientific testing. To me, it seems harmless enough to try.