Why Working 9 to 5 Might Be Bad for Your Health

Depending on Your Sleep Habits, 9-to-5 Might Physically Harm You

A Night Owl's Career Path

“I decided against several potentially interesting career paths solely due to the fact that they required early morning hours,” says Peggar, who considered medical school, law school, and teaching high school, and rejected them all for that reason. She adds, “In the end though, I think it led me to a more independent way of working that I might not have given myself the freedom to pursue otherwise.”

Peggar says she’s tried to hold down in-house research jobs with normal working hours, but “not only does that fail to work with my sleep patterns, it's not a good fit for the type of research that I do anyway.” She says she’s a better ethnographer when she doesn’t feel like she has to stick to traditional business hours. Instead, she can spend time with participants when it makes sense to do so—which is often after their working hours or on weekends.

However, she notes some exceptions: “Of course there are times I may be studying how people eat breakfast or how people work within an office with traditional hours, so I have to power through it. When that happens, I just plan a rest day after the fieldwork to catch up on sleep.”