Go Into Work An Hour Late Today...& Have The Perfect Excuse

by Stephanie Maida · May 9, 2016

    Congratulations! You've survived a weekend of debauchery, drunk brunch, the Sunday scaries, and the last episode of Game of Thrones to make it to Monday morning. Now it's time to go to work. But before you haul ass and run to the subway with your hair still wet, chill out for a sec. Today you're going in an hour late - science says so. 

    According to a certified sleep scientist (how fun does that job sound?), workers shouldn't start their day at the office until 10 am. We can get behind this. Paul Kelley, an honorary clinical research fellow at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, claims that a 9 am workday is actually damaging to your health. Yeah, and you just thought it was torture. "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," he said at a British science festival.

    Apparently this all has to do with circadian rhythms - a.k.a. sleep cycles. While the 9 to 5 schedule actually fits adults 55 and older, millennials (who make up the largest share of the American workforce) don't, physically, align with that schedule. 

    Long story short, roll up to work an hour late today and tell your boss it was literally doctor's orders. We can't promise you'll get a note though.

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