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Science Says These Are the Best Times to Learn and Create for Optimal Success

The Best Time To Make a Decision

We make the worst decisions late at night and first thing in the morning.

Save important decisions for when you feel most alert, generally within one to three hours after waking up.

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The Best Time to Learn Something New

Learning is generally most effective between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The lowest learning valley occurs between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

The Best Time To Make a Decision

We make the worst decisions late at night and first thing in the morning.

Save important decisions for when you feel most alert, generally within one to three hours after waking up.

The Best Time To Brainstorm

Research has found that people are at their least creative between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

When you're slightly tired and easily distracted, your right and left brain communicate, which can trigger new connections.

The Best Time to Ask for Money

Friday afternoon is the best time to ask for money because people are generally in a good mood.

Avoid Monday mornings when people are the most stressed and grumpy.

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The Science of Sleep

The average adult spends 36 % (or about one-third) of his or her life asleep.

Purpose of Sleep:

  • Restoration
  • Memory Consolidation
  • Metabolic Health
Restoration

The first purpose of sleep is restoration.

Every day, your brain accumulates metabolic waste as it goes about its normal neural activities. Sleeping restores the brains healthy condition by removing these waste products. Accumulation of these waste products has been linked to many brain-related disorders.

Memory Consolidation

The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation.

Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, which is responsible for your long term memories. Insufficient or fragmented sleep can hamper your ability to remember facts and feelings/emotions.

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Social jet lag
A term describing the difference between people’s sleep schedules on workdays and free days. It highlights the difference between how they’d like to structure their days and ...
4 Types of Sleeper based on Chronotype
  • Bear:  good sleepers with internal body clock that tracks the rise & fall of the sun. 50% of the population. 
  • Wolf: people who prefer to stay up late. 15-20% of the population.
  • Lion:  classic morning people. You read about them in all the productivity articles. 15-20% of the population.
  • Dolphin: light sleepers, who frequently get diagnosed with insomnia. 10% of the population. 
Basic categories of nap
  • The Preparatory Nap: This is the planned nap. The responsible nap.
  • The Habitual Nap: You make time for it regularly. It's a habit and it's scheduled.
  • The...
When to nap

There's no such thing as a single perfect time to take a nap, but a commonly recommended window. For most people, early afternoon is best. 

We are biphasic sleepers: we pack in most of our sleep at night, but most people's brains experience a dip in alertness somewhere between 1 and 4 p.m.

Sleep inertia

It is the state of impaired cognition, grogginess, and disorientation commonly experienced on awakening from sleep.

This is why most experts suggest avoiding naps between 40 and 60 minutes in length. 

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