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The Best Work Schedule For Your Age: 20s, 30s, 40s And Beyond
By Chloe Pek, 09 Sep 2016
Scientists have long known that the human body is governed by an internal biological clock, called circadian rhythms. Regulating your sleeping and waking patterns, the clock is also responsible for metabolism, temperature and energy levels through the day, and it gradually changes as you age.
This means that the ideal time spent on working and sleeping goes through changes throughout your lifetime, and work schedules should not be one-size-fits-all. For the best work schedule recommended for people in their adolescence to post-forties, read on.
Teenagers and young adults: Until your mid-20s, your brain may still be in a stage of adolescence, resulting in sleeping late and waking up later.
This is caused by the late release of melatonin, a hormone that induces sleepiness. Because of this sleeping pattern, the optimum time for work and school is 10am, to avoid sleep deficiency.
Adults in their mid-20s to 30s: While ideal work schedules are linked to individual preferences, a ‘9-to-5’ schedule is recommended.
For adults, studies have revealed that irregular or overnight shifts can impact your cognitive functions and physical health negatively, especially if your family has a history of diseases such as diabetes or obesity.
Middle-aged adults: From your 40s, the amount of work hours you can put in decreases.
A recent study has shown that 25 hours per week is the golden number for middle-aged adults, which translates to a work week of three days. The research explained that while work could stimulate the mind, working more than 25 hours a week could result in stress and fatigue.
To read more about work schedules and how it affects your brain and body as you age, check out the article at CNN.
[via CNN, image via Shutterstock]
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