THE BODY CLOCK
Energy levels, attention to detail and creative abilities change throughout each day. Based on your normal daily rhythms, here are some of the best times to accomplish certain activities:<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- Best for Passion -- The best time to bond with your spouse is right when you wake up because that's when levels of oxytocin (the "love hormone") are the highest.9 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Best for Creativity -- During the mid-morning, the stress hormone cortisol surges in your brain, which can actually help your mind focus. Because you're primed for learning, take on tasks that require analysis and concentration.11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Best for Tough Tasks -- Because your sleep hormone melatonin dips around this time, you're more ready to take on a load of projects. You should be enjoying a surge of energy.2 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Best for a Break -- To digest your lunch, your body draws blood away from your brain to your stomach. Aim to eat lunch close to 2 p.m. as the midday meal can knock you out.3 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- Best for Cooperation -- The brain is pretty fatigued by now, but that doesn't mean you're stressed. Use this easygoing, low-pressure feeling to your advantage when working with others.6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Best for Personal Tasks -- Between these hours, the chances of getting tired are almost zero, so walk the dog, go to the grocery store or goof of with the kids.8 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Best for Relaxing -- Your energy will fade fast, so prepare to unwind by watching a funny movie or a low-key, repetitive activity, like playing cards.
10 p.m. onward -- Best for Snoozing -- Your brain will try to make sense of all it learned today. Do what you have to do to get your ZZZs.