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Posted July 16, 2013 by

Why Working 9 to 5 Might Be Bad for Your Health

Nancy Ancowitz

Nancy Ancowitz, Salary.com contributing writer

Not everybody is cut out for the 9-to-5 workaday world.

Mounting evidence demonstrates half a million Americans have biological reasons for needing to work alternative shifts. In this fourth story (read Part I, Part II, and Part III here) about delayed sleep phase syndrome (also DSPS, or delayed sleep), you’ll meet Julie Peggar, an ethnographer who suffers from this type of circadian rhythm disorder. Peggar, the president and chief storyteller at Gaze Ethnographic Consulting, Inc., shares insights from her world as a highly functional night owl who adapts her work schedule to her sleep needs as much as possible. (more…)

Posted November 15, 2012 by

How Your Bedtime Is Affecting Your Job Performance

Nancy Ancowitz

Nancy Ancowitz, Salary.com contributing writer

Society stigmatizes people who are different — not just the well-recognized differences like skin color, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. The stigmas are also against people of a quieter nature, heavy people (especially women!), short people (especially men!), and older people. Now a different group is emerging from the shadows: night owls.

You might think it’s nobody’s business when you go to bed. However, if you’re trying to hold down — or look for — a 9-to-5 job and you can’t get to sleep each night until the wee hours, you’re probably facing chronic exhaustion, which can affect your health and well-being, and ultimately your performance on the job. (more…)