Do you habitually get less than five hours of sleep a night? A 9 to 5 gig may not feel like the best fit for you — and science is, largely, in agreement. It's rare for people to naturally flourish on five hours of sleep a night; a study in 2016, reported Fast Company, found that even six hours of sleep had the same neurological impact as pulling a complete all-nighter, complete with mood swings and poor performance on tests. You might hope that a steady office job might sort out your sleep schedule — but, depending on your natural circadian rhythms and the way your job works, you're likely just building up a serious amount of sleep deprivation that will affect your performance over time.
The 9 to 5 workday is a modern invention, and increasingly researchers don't believe it's the best fit for the majority of the population — particularly because it leaves so many of us sleep-deprived. Many people working standardized job hours sleep less than they should; 45 percent of Americans in a 2014 study by the National Sleep Foundation reported poor or insufficient sleep at least once a week, which had knock-on effects on their life — and their work. Here's how a 5-hour-a-night sleep schedule will affect a 9-to-5 job.