Our circadian rhythms set our internal clocks and dictate the best time to do everything each day. Turns out, they change with age. The Daily Mail got with sleep expert Dr Paul Kelley of Oxford University to clue us in on the best time to do everything, based on our particular stages of life.
From your 20s to 70s we all got to get out of bed in the morning. Dr. Kelley says because our hormones and metabolism get rolling at different rates, in your 20s you should get up at 9:30, and as you get older that time keeps getting earlier.
Dr Kelley also says 20 somethings should grab a coffee around 10:00 and get to work at noon. That’s when a 20-year-old's brain really starts being productive. And in your 30s or 40s you should get a quick bite a little before 9:00, then stroll into work at 10:40. Then just like waking up, into your 50s through 70s, your brain switches on earlier and work should begin between 8:00 and 9:00AM.
But work isn’t the only business we should be doing in the morning. Dr Kelley says that while the best time for 20 somethings to get it on is around 3:00 PM, in your thirties, because sunlight boosts testosterone, the ideal time to have sex is 8:20, right after you wake up. But, as we get on up in age, that quality time gets pushed to after dinner, before bed, so you can release all the oxytocin that built up during the day and ease off into dream land.
Now when it comes to working out, Dr Kelley says a 20 somethings body is is peak performance around 5:00 PM, but once we get to our 40s and and later, having a work out or just a walk in the morning is best to get the blood going.
Finally bed time routines. If you’re getting in screen time with TV, or tablet, or phone, Dr Kelley recommends, across the board, limiting it to an hour or so, due to the impact of artificial light on our eyes, especially before you try to go to sleep. Also while the young-ins can stay up until 1:00 AM, 30 through 60 somethings can safely nod off after 10, just as your melatonin levels, the hormone that drives us to sleep, are at their highest.
Remember, you can fight your own rhythms all you want, but if you can find a way to get with them, even a little, you can be more rested and more productive and turn the beat around.