Time tested: The ideal time to do important tasks

By: Health Local Staff Sep 27, 2013
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The best time to do important tasks

Researchers have found that it is better to do certain tasks at specific times of the day.

Life is measured in units of time – seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc. So it makes sense that timing would play an important role. Researchers have found that it is better to engage in certain tasks such as napping, reading, eating and exercising at certain times of the day for optimal results.

Retaining Information
If you’re prepping for the big work presentation or the big mid-term, your best bet is to prepare in the early morning. Why early morning? The A.M. hours are when our brains retain the most information based on how our minds collect and recall data. If your presentation is the next day – prepare in the morning. If you still have a few weeks to prep – evening is better for longer retention.

Going to the Doctor
They don’t call it a “waiting room” for nothing. Scheduling your doctor’s visit can lead to a lot of waiting around depending on what time of day you schedule. According to doctors and nurses, the best times to make an appointment that doesn’t leave you hanging around in the waiting room reading outdated issues of People, schedule your visit between 8-9 A.M or 1-2 P.M.  The whole point is to be the first appointment in the morning or first after lunch. For fast prescriptions – try and submit your order to the pharmacy before 3:00 P.M. on weekdays.

Taking a Multivitamin
Health experts say the best time to take your multi vitamin is with breakfast. Vitamins are absorbed best with food so if you’re a chronic breakfast skipper, then take your vitamin with lunch or dinner. Taking a multivitamin on an empty stomach means poor absorption and it could make you sick. 

Napping
We’ve all felt that afternoon dip when you’re sitting at your desk about to doze off while blankly staring at the spreadsheet in front of you. Experts say the afternoon tiredness is caused by our bodies’ circadian rhythms dipping. So what does that mean? It means you could use a 15-20 minute nap to recharge your batteries. Naps lasting longer than 30 minutes can make you feel even more tired than you were before because of a phenomenon known as sleep inertia. Chances are your boss wouldn’t be too keen on you snoozing at your desk, so try taking a quick cat nap on your lunch break if possible. If you can’t nap during the day, sleep experts say if you’re getting enough sleep (7.5-8 hrs) at night, you won’t need a nap during the day.

Walking the Dog
Walking your dog means he can get plenty of exercise right before bed. It also means Fido will get in the social time with you and other dogs that he needs. Pet experts say dogs sleep and behave better when they can burn off a little energy at night.

So what time of day do you do these activities?

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