Studies show that there are magic hours to accomplishing tasks and maximizing your well-being. It’s part of Chronobiology, a field of biology that studies internal biological clocks.
Best time of the day to: weigh yourself
First thing in the morning after relieving yourself in the bathroom, before eating breakfast and drinking any liquids, and wearing little to nothing at all. This is your baseline measurement, where you are at your thinnest. Your body has eliminated fluid retention and waste, and has metabolized everything you put in your body the previous day.
Best time of the day to: wake up
For non-graveyard shift workers, make sure you’re up by 7 a.m. To be more precise, set your alarm at 7:22 a.m., according to a study by the University of Westminster in the UK. Rising earlier than 7 a.m. will give you increased stress hormones regardless of how many hours you slept.
Best time of the day to: eat breakfast
To keep your fitness level optimum, eat within 15-30 minutes after waking up, no later than 8 a.m. or an hour upon waking up. [via: WebMD]
Best time of the day to: have lunch and dinner
12nn for lunch and 6:30 p.m. for dinner. Dr. Mehmet Oz explains that when you have breakfast at 7:30 a.m., you will get hungry again in 4.5 hours. Around 6.5 hours after lunch, you will feel hungry again in time for dinner. If you delay these times, you’re more likely going to cheat by overeating.
Best time of the day to: take a nap
It’s normal to feel sluggish by midday, so go ahead and have a 10-minute siesta at 2 p.m. to refresh your system. Just make sure you set your alarm clock and don’t go beyond 10-15 minutes. Anything beyond that will cause sleep inertia, that groggy and fuzzy-headed feeling you get when you hit the snooze button too many times.
Best time of the day to: cut off caffeine
Last call for coffee should be at 3 p.m. Caffeine has up to a seven-hour half-life. That means if you have a single-shot espresso (about 90mg of caffeine) at 3 p.m., you could still have 45mg of caffeine in your nervous system by 10 p.m. [via: Body and Soul]
Best time of the day to: take vitamins
Generally, you may take them at whatever time is convenient for you, but take into consideration potential interactions and side effects. [via: Live Strong]
For multivitamins, take it with your first meal to help your system absorb it with the food throughout the day.
For fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and water-soluble vitamins B and C, it’s best to take them in the morning. Avoid taking vitamin B at night because it’s a stress-combating energy vitamin that could interfere with your sleep. For supplements that tend to make people feel nauseous (like iron), take it at night before bed. When in doubt, consult your doctor.
Best time of the day to: buy shoes
Your feet can actually be different sizes throughout the day, but they’re at their biggest in the late afternoon to nighttime. The reason: they swell from all the walking in the daytime. It’s best to try out and purchase shoes on the latter part of the day.
Best time of the day to: work out
There’s a growing debate on which time of the day—morning, midday, or night—is best for exercising. The American Heart Association explains that you should consider a constellation of factors, such as location, type of physical activity, and social setting. The best gage is your own body. If an early-morning jog gets you psyched for the rest of the day as compared to a late-night sweat sesh, then you’re a morning exerciser. If working out after office hours decreases your stress levels, then keep that pre-dinner habit. As long as you can exercise consistently, then stick to your chosen schedule.
Best time of the day to: prepare for bed
“Wind down any exercise three hours before bed to give your body temperature a chance to cool and signal the brain that it’s sleep time,” suggests WebMD. Also make sure your have your last meal two to three hours before bed to avoid indigestion and acid reflux.
Best time of the day to: take allergy meds
Allergy symptoms peak in the morning, so take your antihistamines before bed. A lot of allergy pills make people sleepy, so think of it as a bonus sleep aid.