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Your body clock

by Jon Platt on November 06, 2017

Your Body Clock: How to Get Healthy by Simply Changing the Timing of Your Daily Activities

Your body has an ideal time for every activity. By learning to live in sync with your body’s internal clock you will improve your performance, health, and well-being.

4:30AM has been my waking up time for over 2 years.

It's taken several years to adopt this routine, with many setbacks. And I'm still working on it, with ups and downs.

But when I follow my routine it does wonder for my productivity, concentration, and well-being.

The thing is, just because I wake up early, doesn't mean that I put in more hours into my working day. The boost in productivity happens only thanks to the change in timing.

Timing is everything, and it applies to more than just your wake up time. Your eating, work, exercise, rest, and sleep can take you out of balance if done at the wrong time.

For example, say that you eat a late dinner and go to bed immediately. The food will not get assimilated well by your body and will create toxins.

Your body has an ideal time for every activity. By learning to live in sync with your body’s internal clock you will improve your performance, health, and well-being.

The knowledge of our biological clock is not new. In fact, it’s at least several thousand years old. For example, Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical science, prescribes what activities you should do during the different phases of the day.

This knowledge is also backed by the modern science. Researchers are studying the circadian rhythms, also called a circadian clock. It's a 24-hour hormonal cycle that tells your body when to wake up, eat, work, rest and sleep.

Our body clock is a small group of cells made up of unique ‘body clock’ genes. These cells turn on and off and tell other parts of the body what time it is and what to do.

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Nature tells you when to be awake and sleep. In the same way, it has special times for when it’s best for you to eat, think, learn, be active and rest.

The day consists of 6 phases, 4 hours long each, and each phase has certain activities that fit best.

Let’s take a look:

Body Clock Daily Routine - Morning 6AM - 10AM: Sunrise, meditation, breakfast, exerciseSync your daily routine with your internal body clock: best activities for morning from 6AM to 10AM

Phase 1: Morning 6AM - 10AM

The sun is rising, and you should be already awake to welcome the day. If you sleep past the sunrise, you may feel tired, heavy and sluggish for the rest of your day.

In the morning, your mind is calm and focused, which makes it a great time to read and learn.

Take this time to reflect and connect to your inner self. If you practice meditation, this is a great time to do it.

Keep your breakfast light. A heavy meal before 10AM can be hard to digest. Your breakfast needs to be warm, especially during the colder months.

Your body may feel a bit heavy and slow. Exercise and other physical activity is beneficial in this phase and will jump start your day.

Morning Activities:

  • Wake up before the sunrise
  • Connect with your inner self, practice self-reflection and meditation
  • Exercise and do other physical work
  • Eat a light and warming breakfast