Did you know that your brain has a cycle, just like your physical body? Your brain’s patterns are largely based on sleep cycles, exposure to light and genetic makeup. Getting in tune with your brain’s cycle can help make you happier and healthier.
According to research, 7-9 AM is the time for passion. Hmm, that’s usually crazy time around here, but remember kisses and cuddles are important ways to express your affections. These are the hours to strengthen your relationships with the most important people in your life. So take that extra time to tell your significant other and/or your kids what an important part of your life they are.
Tap into your creativity from 9-11 AM. I am there with this one. Once a week my girlfriend Faye and I meet for a brainstorming session during this time. We bounce ideas off each other and problems that seemed impossible to solve suddenly become manageable. This is the best time to take on tasks that require analysis and concentration. So write that presentation you’ve been putting off tomorrow morning!
From 11-2 is the best time to take on tough tasks. I often find this is the most productive time of the day for me. Tear through your to-do list, tackle errands, answer voice mail and e-mail or give a presentation.
Now we have reached that infamous time of day, the after lunch sleepy time from 2-3 PM. As you digest food, your body draws blood away from your brain to your stomach. This is a good time to meditate or pray, to read or go for a walk. It’s “you time”.
Need to have a conversation with a co-worker? By 3:00 PM your brain is getting tired. It’s a good time for a low-pressure meeting because you are more easy-going. It’s also a good time for exercise. Studies show that physical skills are strongest at this time.
From 6-8 PM your brain goes into something called wake maintenance and chances are you are starting to get tired. This is a good time do a little house cleaning, enjoy quality time with family members, or cook a good meal.
From 8-10 PM there is a transition from feeling wide awake to feeling sleepy. So unwind by watching TV, reading or doing a craft you enjoy. Now is the time for “mindless activities”.
By 10:00 PM your brain is ready to understand all it learned during the day and file it away. Your brain does this through sleep. It’s time to do whatever helps you go to sleep; reading, writing in your journal, having a cup of hot tea. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep and you will be ready to make the most of tomorrow.