Recommended Work Times by Age

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A new study looked at how our sleep cycle changes as we age, and how that affects which times of day are best for us to work or go to school.

The study says for teens and young adults, later may be better. Dr. Jess Shatkin, a psychiatrist at New York University, said adolescents tend to go to bed later, and wake up later, because they release melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone linked to our biological clock. Shatkin says teens and young adults release the hormone later in the day than adults.

Studies show for adults in their 20’s and 30’s, consistency is key. They say the best type of work schedule should reflect a person’s lifestyle preferences, whether that be early or late. Experts say deviating from a regular schedule could negatively impact health.

A study published by the Melbourne Institute says that less is more for those 40 and over. The study says a three day work week could be best for adults in that age range. Researchers say working about 25 hours a week can improve cognitive performance, but working more than that can have the opposite effect.

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