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Night owls workin’on nightmovements
Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Six hours of sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.” Unfortunately, the average 21st century employee does not think like an 18th century French ruler.

Our society is sorted into two groups: early birds and night owls.

Some say it is not fair that while some people are able to wake up with their first alarm and stay awake through first period, the rest of society is forced to work within the parameters of the 9-to-5 workday.

The demanding hours of the standard workday have caused an uproar in Europe.

After coping with Denmark’s rigorous 8-to-4 workday, Danish engineer Camellia Kring began researching the difference between early risers and late sleepers.

Dr. Kring, whose PhD is on work-life-balance, concluded early risers are more likely to have a gene called Period 3, while late risers are more likely to have a shorter form of the gene. Dr. Kring has divided us into two groups: the energetic, productive, early-rising A-people, and the red-eyed, sleep-deprived, B-people.

Economics, business and mathematics professor Timothy Hill thinks it is more than just fate.

“You can’t change your genes, but the things that are under your control are the issue. We know that a healthy diet and active lifestyle can help your sleep patterns, and if you truly believe that this [genetic disability] is true, don’t look for a job that starts at 8 a.m..”
"Jared Lindzon

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