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INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER – VOLUME 47 NUMBER
Researchers find benefits from starting work an hour later
The centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 30 percent of employed U.S. adults get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep at night, which hampers long-term productivity.
Mathias Basner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine recommends a simple solution: Start your day later, or at least make the start time more flexible.
Basner’s research was published in the journal Sleep.
“Results show that with every hour that work or educational training started later in the morning, sleep time increased by 20 minutes,” according to a news release about the research. “Respondents slept an average of only six hours when starting work before or at 6 a.m. and 7.29 hours when starting work between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.”
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