According to the latest Sleep Health Foundation survey, one in three Australians are in a state of fatigue known as social jetlag. In other words the person’s body clock and daily routine simply don’t align.
What matters is not just the amount of sleep we get, but the timing of the sleep, according to Dr Robert Adams, lead researcher and sleep specialist with the University of Adelaide and the Sleep Health Foundation.
Researchers analysed the sleeping habits of 837 Australians who were not shift workers and found that full time workers were the most affected. Some of the participants suffered from more than 2 hours of social jetlag on work days, as compared with non-work days.
The side effects of this “jetlag” include sleeping too late, waking up feeling tired and being late to work.
Shifting your sleep time affects your circadian rhythm and over time this can affect your health and lead to various diseases.