Your internal clock could affect your career path.
A new study distributed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that when people prefer to sleep is tied to the college major and, ultimately, the career they choose.
Psychology professor Frederick Brown had a group of 1,200 students report their majors and their “morningness” or “eveningness” tendencies — when they prefer to be awake, get up, and go to bed.
Here’s some of what Brown found:
- People who prefer evenings are most likely to major in management science, information systems, and justice administration, where job hours tend to skew later in the day.
- A press release said that “the major with the highest relative scores for a ‘morning’ preference was nutrition.”
- Media majors reported the highest average sleep deficit, getting about three hours less than they wanted per night.
Jobs with hours that don’t suit a person’s internal clock could reduce job performance, especially if they can’t cope well with sleep loss, Brown says.
Jobs with varying shifts are worse, and could lead to stress and depression, a consultant for the American Psychiatric Foundation told the Star.
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