One prime complaint from engineers is the consistent interruptions that prevent individuals from completing work during the day. If you can’t do your most important work during business hours, when do you get your work done? The pressure to work during the wee hours of the night on top of one’s regular day job is strong.
Working long hours may come with trendy bragging rights, implying strength and power, but as The Wall Street Journal health writer Melinda Beck says, “Genuine ‘short sleepers’ only need four hours of sleep per night, but they comprise only 1% to 3% of the total population.” So for the 97% to 99% of us who aren’t short sleepers, working the wee hours brings sleep deprivation and mistakes—both are contributors to burnout.
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