As Olim from the US, we had to adjust from a 5-day work-school week to a 6-day week here. Life here is non-stop.
In the US, the traditional work-day begins at 9:00 AM, here more like 8:00 AM or earlier.
It's not just an issue of people going to pray early in the AM - when I walk to the synagogue at 6:15 AM, there are already throngs of people queued at the bus stops, heading to work and school.
It's common knowledge that teenagers need huge amounts of sleep, yet my high-school child has a first class at 7:30 AM - it is not possible for half-awake teachers or students to be productive so early in the morning, why even bother?
Alas, It will be difficult to change our cultural and societal time clocks.
24-hour TV, the Internet, 24-hour shopping just make it all worse.
Even if we move to a shorter and later work-school week, we will always find other things to keep us awake much too late.
I fear that we are doomed to live in a sleep deprived world, and thus and irritable, grouchy and non-productive one.
Whatever happened to the concept of the "siesta"? My father has a 30-minute nap each afternoon, maybe we should follow his example!