Your Body's Best Time for Everything
Updated Sept. 26, 2012 3:35 a.m. ET Could you pack more into each day if you did everything at the optimal time? A growing body of research suggests that paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help pinpoint the different times of day when most of us perform our best at specific tasks, from resolving conflicts to thinking creatively. Most people organize their time around everything but the body's natural rhythms. Workday demands, commuting, social events and kids' schedules frequently dominate—inevitably clashing with the body's circadian rhythms of waking and sleeping. As difficult as it may be to align schedules with the body clock, it may be worth it to try, because of significant potential health benefits. When it comes to doing cognitive work, for example, most adults perform best in the late morning, says Dr. The ability to focus and concentrate typically starts to slide soon thereafter. Alertness tends to slump after eating a meal, Dr.
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