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Optimizing your best time of day (and night)

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Do you wake up with a song in your heart and a bounce in your step consistently at every sunrise?
Do you come alive at night, only to mentally and physically fade away as daylight approaches?

Many of us are either "morning people" or "night owls", but most of us shift at times from one category to the other or embody some characteristics of both.

Whether you tend to work late or wake early, learning to pay attention to your own mental clock can help you make better use of your time. The time of day when you actually feel your best not only corresponds to your personality traits, but is built into your genes.
Discover what makes you tick!

MORNING-Early risers face the day's start with a burst of cheerful, happy
enthusiasm. Why? "Sunstarters" are born with a gene called 'cytosine' that
makes them more energized, inspired and motivated. You face daily tasks with
a positive attitude, effortlessly multi-tasking. You energetic dynamo, you!

BUT by late afternoon your concentration may tend to flag. Your critical hours
are 1:30 pm.-Schedule routine tasks rather than crucial work at this hour
to avoid errors when your body's temperature dips and your mind settles into
its afternoon lull, and 5:30 pm.-Exercising at this time of day will risk fewer
injuries than first thing in the morning, when hand-eye coordination isn't at its
peak, and leaves enough time for the body to cool down before bed.

If 12 NOON-LUNCHTIME-is what you live for, you're always eager to chat with
friends or brainstorm with co-workers; lunchtime gives you the social boost you
crave to make it through the day (You just love to talk!). If you have to work
through lunch, you will make sure that you touch base with someone at the
water cooler, in the bathroom, the hallway, etc.
Your friendly, outgoing manner makes you a natural at parties.
Those with the most social connections tend to be in the best health-so all that
talking will help you live better and longer as well!

AFTERNOON-While most people are yawning and wishing they could take a
nap by now (Probably worn out from all that talking and eating!), this is when
you feel your best.
Research has shown that afternoon folks are individualists; creative and full of
ideas. Your artistic temperament touches everything you do.
Your neighbors will agree that your home (or apartment) is one of the most
innovative on the block-and they can't wait to come over and see what new
touches you dreamed up!

Dusk (or Sunset)-The day's done and evening's approaching-Those that love
this time of day tend to be more in touch with their own "magical" side. You will
use your intuition more than others and are gifted at picking up unspoken signals and body language. You have an ability to interpret tiny nuances that
others may miss; You always know what's REALLY going on-A great asset to
have regarding meetings, social events, or even in your own home.
Your "sixth sense" means you're the first person friends call when they're
feeling down-not only do you understand what's wrong, but you always know
just what to say to make them feel better.

LATE NIGHT-For you, nighttime is the right time. You are just getting your
"second wind" when everyone else is sleeping (Most humans function best in
the daytime). You're an overachiever-in a good sense-strongly driven by a will
to succeed. You use the extra time to work on a variety of tasks, such as
getting your business plans together, or to do household chores. You attack
every project with gusto, until you get what you want. You want to be ahead of
the game if possible.

Working past midnight is very effective for you, BUT be sure to still get in eight,
or at least seven hours of sleep daily.
Your critical hour is: 9 am.-You may tend to skip breakfast because you're
groggy now or want to sleep. Don't do that. And 12 am. (midnight) is also
critical. Avoid late-night snacks and alcohol; digestion at this time may prevent
quality rest.

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