Did You Know There is an Optimum Time of Day to Do These Tasks?
We have written before about the best time of the day to take your vitamins but now we share the optimum time of the day to do other tasks...
Of course everyone will have their own idea on what suits them and it is always best to get a task done rather than putting something off indefinitely.
However, if you feel you would like to learn more about what certain experts consider the best times of the day for certain things to be done, we share some information below:
The best time to drink your coffee and eat your breakfast?
Obviously it is going to be during the morning but apparently you should not drink coffee or eat a good breakfast until sixty to ninety minutes after waking. Studies have shown that eating with this time lapse is better for cravings, weight control and to prevent inflammation. At the same time, delaying the coffee will help your brain clear out built up adenosine, making your caffeine more effective. I am not a coffee drinker but I do have a weak cup of tea with lemon soon after waking and my breakfast roughly an hour and a half later so hopefully on the right track!
The best time to get those chores done?
Our energy levels and alertness start off high in the mornings reaching their peak around noon. But then they can ease off considerably during the afternoon.
We can go through three stages during the day. At our peak, our mood rises in the morning. Then a trough, our mood declines in the early to mid afternoon. Finally recovery, our mood kicks up again in the early evening. Use that more lethargic trough time to do admin chores!
Want to be more productive?
The mornings tend to be the most productive time of the day, best for learning and for exercise. It is true that many will have a natural cycle that leads to slowing down in the afternoons. This may because of a good lunch or it may just be a natural thing! Research has shown that if you wake up at seven in the morning, you will be at your most productive between eight and ten thirty in the morning.
Want to conceive a baby?
Researchers at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland did a study where they analysed nearly twelve and half thousand semen samples from over seven thousand men between 1994 and 2015.
They found that the healthy samples collected between the hours of six and seven in the morning were found to exhibit a statistically higher sperm concentration, a higher total sperm count and a higher percentage of normally shaped sperm compared with those samples produced later in the day. The researchers concluded that the hours before ten am would be the best time to conceive with improved natural fertility and assisted reproduction.
Want to be creative?
Obviously this will vary from person to person, but some may find that a good time to be creative is when you first wake up.
Albert Read who is the author of The Imaginative Muscle says that the waking moment is the best time for the imagination. He says: "The mind is returning to the surface but still retains a useful connection to the unconscious. I try to go straight from my bed to my desk to note ideas that have arrived during the night. The longer I avoid my phone in the morning, the more fresh thinking I do."
And the all important best time to get your Vitamin D fix from the sun?
In spite of all the media warnings about staying out of the sun especially between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon, that is actually the optimum time for absorbing Vitamin D. Just twenty minutes for the average person, exposing as much skin as possible (if you are light skinned until it starts to turn pink), will ensure a good dose. And if you can do that every day, all the better. The darker your skin, the longer you need in the sun to produce Vitamin D.
Want to take a break during your busy day?
You might think that the best time to take a break is during that slow down time during the afternoon but apparently you would be wrong. It is actually mid morning. In studies, researchers found that participants had more energy, concentration and motivation after breaks in the mid morning than they did following afternoon breaks.
Want to take a nap?
But if instead of a break, you want to take a nap then the early afternoon is the best time.
The Chair of the Sleep Medicine Network - Professor Carolyn D'Ambrosio - says "Napping too close to bedtime - really any time at or after 3pm - can result in fragmented sleep and poor sleep quality".
The best time to study for a test or to absorb new information?
Researchers from Loughborough University in the UK, namely Dr. Jayne Trickett and Dr. Camilla Gillmore, found that those who study before bedtime (irrespective of what they are studying) may have better memory and recall.
In the research, children and adults were asked to learn pairs of words either prior to sleep in the evening or in the morning. They found that the participants remembered more of the word pairs when learning occurred prior to sleep compared to learning in the morning.
Want to take a shower or a bath?
There is a difference between the best time to take a shower and the best time for a bath. Morning showers are good for waking the mind up for the day ahead although research has also shown that a shower one to two hours before bed can also help you to fall asleep.
It would seem that everyone is in agreement that a soothing and relaxing bath in the evening is the best time if you want to enjoy a good night's sleep.
And the very best time to call it a day and go to bed?
Researchers have found that people who go to bed between ten and eleven pm were at the lowest risk of future heart disease. This is because our internal clocks should be in sync with the light dark cycle of the sun. However, the researchers also pointed out that consistency is important. By sticking to roughly the same time each night for bedtime, your circadian rhythms will adapt and you will stay healthier.
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