If you find yourself hitting the snooze button every morning, don't blame yourself. Your work schedule could be to blame. A growing field of research now shows that, for many of us, our work schedules are wildly out of sync with our natural body clocks - and experts are urging employers to take notice.
Sleep is a "strategic resource" that most companies are ignoring, according to a white paper by Christopher Barnes, a management professor at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business in the US.
When work schedules are aligned with people's natural sleep patterns, they produce higher quality and more innovative work because they are more focused, less stressed and generally healthier, he wrote. The opposite is also true - when employees are sleep deprived they are more likely to make major mistakes and suffer from workplace injuries. His research has even shown that night owls behave more unethically in the morning than at night and that early birds were more unethical at night.
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