Sleeping at your Office Desk? Here’s Why…

Posted on 15 May, 2012 by MOVEHUT

Monday mornings are never fun. You wake up, possibly after a heavy weekend, and spend the rest of the day in the office trying to subtly nap without the boss noticing. Now, it appears that scientists have cottoned on to this phenomenon and have investigated the causes of “Monday morning syndrome.”

Apparently due to most people having a hectic lifestyle, balancing friends, family and their commercial property workplace, the majority of people in society suffer from “social jetlag”. This is a discrepancy between “what our body tells us and what our boss tells us”, or, in other words, our daily calendar compromising what our body clock instinctively tells us when to sleep.

Our body clocks are regulated by daylight and darkness, meaning that you are more likely to arrive at your commercial property feeling sluggish in winter, when there are fewer hours of daylight each day.

The University of Munich has spent the past ten years compiling a study of people’s sleeping habits, headed by Doctor Till Roenneberg. He hopes that, in coming years, his team at the German commercial property will be able to conclusively prove problems like alcoholism, smoking and obesity are all related to sleeping habits. The study, in the form of a huge database, already includes a wealth of information about participants’ height, weight and sleep patterns. One day, Dr Roenneberg plans to create a world sleeping map based on the findings of this extensive study.

He says; “Waking up with an alarm clock is a relatively new facet of our lives. It simply means that we haven’t slept enough and this is the reason 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.”


Dr Roenneberg’s team have published a selection of their findings in the Current Biology journal, and hope that, upon the conclusion of their study, more will be done to combat tiredness in the office.

Do you regularly feel tired when working in your commercial property? Or do you feel that waking up using an alarm clock helps you schedule your day better?




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