Are you a morning person or a night owl? And does it really matter? New studies reveal that not only our mood and productivity but even our health can be affected by work and sleep patterns.
Most of us do find a "happy place" during the day when we're the most productive. Some of us love to greet the dawn with a brisk run, a hot shower or a turn on the exercise bike before leaving for work.
Others find this incomprehensible and can barely stagger to the kitchen for morning coffee before feeling half alive.
Some of us of course, (about 4% ) require very little sleep and manage to be productive on 3 or 4 hours sleep.
Danielle Steel revealed that she often works straight through on her first draft of a new book and can work for 22 hours at a stretch without feeling fatigued. She has food brought in to her and feels energized as she becomes more and more engrossed in her story. This strategy (although exhausting) has put her at the top of the best-selling charts again and again.
A new study shows that if you want to determine what time of day is your "downtime," when all systems seem to crash, here's what you do. Take your sleep pattern, say it's 8 hours, from 10 pm to 6 am. Now take the midpoint, that would be 2 am. Advance that 12 hours forward to 2 pm, and that is the time of day when fatigue hits. Try the experiment yourself, I found it to be accurate.
Happy productivity! Mary Kennedy