Are Night Owls Lazy Employees?

Workers with Sleep Disorders Can Adapt to the 9-to-5 World

Ask for Flexible Scheduling

In her own case, Garner says that she's never gotten any accommodations—but then again, she's never asked for any. "In a way, I was very fortunate that I was unemployed when I started the light therapy that controls my sleep," she says. She adds that for her, light therapy is very effective, but underscores that it takes weeks to get it to start working. "Had I been working full time, I would have needed accommodations from my employers to take about four weeks’ sick/annual leave. In my industry there is no real leeway for later hours. It's very 9-5, so it's good I got it sorted."

Garner continues, “In this global village, more and more ‘offices’ keep later and more flexible hours, many run flexi-shifts from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” which she says is still early for a delayed sleep sufferer. But she adds that if a company offers some flexibility in workers’ schedules, it may be open to later schedules too. “Even if they don't officially do that, many companies have people working those hours anyway—and it can't hurt to propose it. After all, they will be getting a more effective employee.”