Do you need an alarm to wakeup and caffeine to get through your day? Have you accepted it as just part of every day life? While you say you’re a night owl, a workaholic, or profess that you are on the grind, researchers at the University of Munich say you’re screwing with your internal clock and suffering from social jetlag. In a new article from Science Daily, one professor addresses the syndrome and it’s impact on your health:

“We have identified a syndrome in modern society that has not been recognized until recently,” said Till Roenneberg of the University of Munich. “It concerns an increasing discrepancy between the daily timing of the physiological clock and the social clock. As a result of this social jetlag, people are chronically sleep-deprived. They are also more likely to smoke and drink more alcohol and caffeine. Now, we show that social jetlag also contributes to obesity; the plot that social jetlag is really bad for our health is thickening.”

Each of us has a biological clock, he explained. We can’t set those clocks according to our whims like watches. They are rather entrained by daylight and night-darkness to provide the optimal window for sleep and waking. In modern society, we listen to those clocks “less and less due to the increasing discrepancy between what the body clock tells us and what the boss tells us.”

The article continues:

The findings should weigh in on decisions about Daylight Saving Time, not to mention work and school times, they add. It would also help if people began spending more time outdoors in open daylight or at least sitting by a window. As people fail to do this for one reason or another, their body clocks get set later and later, leaving them awake into the night and tired by day.

“Waking up with an alarm clock is a relatively new facet of our lives,” Roenneberg says. “It simply means that we haven’t slept enough and this is the reason why we are chronically tired. Good sleep and enough sleep is not a waste of time but a guarantee for better work performance and more fun with friends and family during off-work times.” And slimmer waistlines, too.


Do you have social jetlag? Are you willing to change your sleep habits for better overall health?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    oooooh lawwwwdie!!! that bed looooooks sooooo comfy!!!!!! I wanna lay in it

  • Diem

    This article is me to a T!!

  • BFDuster

    I think with the industrial revolution we’ve began to craft a throwaway worker who will get run down and have to eventually be replaced earlier, so of course we have inappropriate sleep patterns and eating habits or goodness no, bad hygiene. Human cattle people. Long hours, little pay, few benefits and a sea of products shortening our lives. And those longer hours cause people to stay up to reclaim some of their leisure time such as blogging/blog reading, gym time, gaming, etc.

    Holy… what am I on about? >___>; *disappears*

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