Labor Day may be coming around, but people don’t seem to stop laboring around the clock. Here’s an article from the NY Times where news shows are now starting at 4 AM – the dead zone for human performance, when people really screw up and accidents really go up – cue Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Several news people have told me they can’t function on their five hours of sleep a day and worry about losing their jobs.
And here is an article from Australia on how teens with 5 hours of sleep have three times the mental health problems – which persist.
So between shift work, insomnia, and early rising for school classes, we’re continuing to create public health messes – and now with earlier local news, people will have more reasons not to rest. Are humans designed to be like the machines we use?