Do You Have 'Social Jet Lag'?
Sleep That's Slightly Shifted Away From Normal Biological Rhythms May Increase Obesity Risk
Social Jet Lag and Weight Gain continued...
"The consequences of sleep debt are enormous," he says.
In a perfect world, Roenneberg says, society's whole attitude toward sleep would change. For example, work schedules would be more aligned with the biological clock and start later so that people could go to sleep later. Sleep, he thinks, should get more respect.
Still, daylight may help, Roenneberg says. Early risers who feel like they need help falling asleep earlier at night -- so that they can get more sleep -- may be helped by getting more sunlight in the morning and avoiding sunlight in the afternoon and evening.
People who would like to stay up a little later should try to get more sunlight in the afternoon and evening, he says.