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Our bodies are amazing. And you will understand why after watching this video about the biological mechanisms influencing our daily routine. From the time we wake up to when we go to bed. The video also offers a lot of useful information on how to plan your day taking human biology into consideration.
Here are some highlights:
In The Morning
When you wake up give yourself around 10 minutes to actually “wake up”. You might be feeling groggy and disoriented, but it will soon pass as the levels of cortisol will start rising. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone and is responsible for waking you up.
An hour after you wake up is the best time for a cup of coffee as your cortisol levels have decreased and you’re no longer getting the natural energy boost. So if you are regularly drinking coffee straight after getting out of bed you might want to rethink this practice.
Instead you can shave. As at this time of day the clot-forming platelets are most abundant meaning less bleeding from the cuts.
Between two and four hours after you wake up is the best time to get some work done. This is the time when your mental abilities are at its peak.
In The Afternoon
At lunchtime after getting a meal you will get a boost of energy which will be shortly followed by the “afternoon slump”. This is because the spike of insulin after the meal will be pulling out too much glucose from the blood leaving you drowsy.
At around 4:30 p.m. would be the ideal time for a workout. Research shows that people can build up to 20 percent more muscle strength when exercising in the afternoon instead of in the morning. Of course, with the 9 to 5 jobs most of us have this may not be possible.
In The Evening
Around 6 p.m. would be a good time to hang out with friends in a bar. At this time our alcohol tolerance is higher.
Late in the evening your body starts producing melatonin which prepares you for sleep. Your body temperature decreases and your metabolism slows down. You fall asleep.