When are the best times for sex, sleep and exercise?

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When it comes to engaging in activities such as sex, sleep or exercise, it seems that the ‘when’ is just as important as ‘how’.

According to clinical psychologist and sleep-disorder specialist Michael Breus, timing could be the key to success and pleasure in your daily pursuits. His new book, The Power of When, breaks down 75 different activities, from drinking coffee to going for a run, and assesses the optimum time for you to do them based on your biological clock.

Breus has identified four chronotypes, according to personality and sleep requirements: the dolphin, lion, wolf and bear.

The ‘dolphin’ is an intelligent and neurotic light-sleeper; the ‘lion’ is an ambitious, optimistic morning person; the ‘wolf’ is night-oriented, creative and extroverted; and the ‘bear’ is outgoing and loves fun and sunlight.

“Everyone’s internal rhythm is different,” he says. “There are certain times when our body is burning calories or producing more oestrogen, so it’s all about using that knowledge.”

So, when is the best time for you to:

Go to sleep?
Dolphin: 11.30pm
Lion: 10pm
Wolf: Midnight
Bear: 11pm

Wake up?
Dolphin: 6.30am
Lion: 5.30am to 6am
Wolf: 7.30am
Bear: 7am

Dolphin: 7.30am
Lion: 5.30pm
Wolf: 6pm
Bear: 7.30am or 12pm

Have sex?
Dolphin: 8pm
Lion: Between 6am and 7am
Wolf: 10am or 10.30pm
Bear: 7am or 9pm

Read more at New York Post.

Do you think there’s something to the idea of ‘when’? Would you try adjusting your schedule to suit your chronotype?

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Total Comments: 22
  1. 0

    The best times for me:
    Go to sleep: shortly after most meals.
    Wake up: too early, like about 5 am
    Exercise: you mean like standing up? only when I have to.
    Have sex: 30 years ago. Now I know what to do, but can’t remember why.

  2. 0

    Yes, I do think there is something to the idea of “when”, and something even more to the idea of “anytime”. Schedule readily adjustable to suit.

  3. 0

    “Bear: 7.30am or 12pm” Hi Louise – there is no such time as 12pm. It is either 12 midnight or 12 noon. Which did you mean when you wrote 12pm as it is not at all clear.

  4. 0

    Bed at 10pm…Asleep at 10.05pm
    up and at’em at 7am.
    Running a marathon at 7.30am.
    All night Sexathon ..
    and dreaming about the whole lot above whilst I am snoring my head off’
    I dont know about the Dolphin, the Lion. the Wolf or the Bear..but I have blissful effortless life…LOL

  5. 0

    Bed 2.00 AM, Up 7.00 AM.. Sometimes a nap at 7.00 PM.

    Sex best when first awake in the morning.
    Afternoon quickie from 2.00 to 4.00 PM.
    Nice luxurious evening session from 8.00 to about 11.00 PM.

    Must admit I’ve slowed down to this in the last 10 years. Used to be a bit of a sex fiend in my younger days.

  6. 0

    All these comments, and not a single mention of VIAGRA !

  7. 0

    I am night-oriented, creative and extroverted. Yes.

  8. 0

    True….we do have biorhythms or cirdian cycles but not these as they have too many inconsistencies for it to have any validity.
    Nothing more to say.

  9. 0

    Agree, Mez. Too many inconsistencies in these 4 groups.

  10. 0

    I think this is a lot of bollocks!

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