The latest issue of Irish Times, published on Thursday, asks the question “When you wake at 6 am, are we alone?”.
The question is put to a group of 15 people in a hotel room in Dublin, who are asked to estimate how many of them will be awake by 6am.
The study, carried out by University College Dublin, followed the group from 7am until 3pm.
A further study is also being conducted in the same hotel room by researchers at UCD, and will be published later this month.
“We had an hour-long breakfast with the subjects before we went to bed, so we wanted to give them a chance to be in the dark for a little bit before we got up,” Dr. Stephen Barrett, the lead author of the research, told the Irish Times.
The researchers found that the average sleep time for the participants in the study was 6.8 hours, which is almost three hours longer than the average time for their colleagues in the hotel room.
The team found that this increased the likelihood that they would be in bed by around two hours.
This meant that for every hour of sleep they got, the average participant was able to get up just one hour earlier than the rest of the group.
“The reason is because you’re not thinking about it,” Dr Barrett said.
“You’re just in the moment.
You don’t think about the people around you.”
The study found that if you wake a little earlier, you may get a break.
Dr Barrett said that the findings may also help with the problem of loneliness in the workplace.
“There are some employers that are starting to look at how to encourage employees to wake up more, to get in their office at the same time as they are in the office, to start thinking about how to create a more productive workplace,” he said.
He said that he was hopeful that other studies will show similar results.
“It’s interesting to think that you could have a more relaxed work environment and a more happy, supportive work environment if you had more people working together and getting their own way,” he told the newspaper.
“I think it’s very important that people do that.
I think it also helps create a sense of community.”
Dr Barrett told the paper that his research had been funded by the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sport and the Health and Social Care Research Council.
The research was published in the journal PLOS One.
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