Proper Timing for Meals and Rest can Deal-Make (or Break) Your Bodyweight and Your Work...
A recent meta-summary of “The Right Time To Do Everything” highlights several bodies of research to create a set of statistics to apply to the right time for all of your most important daily habits.
We are best served to eat the majority of our calories in the 8 most active hours of the day: in fact, research indicates as great as a 40% discrepancy between those who followed the daytime eating strategy versus an all-day eating pattern.
We are designed to have our longer sleep during the night and a mini-rest during the early afternoon. Studies show that the amount of sleep one gets is actually less important than ensuring straight REM cycles (3-3.5 hours per cycle) at night and a short rest period during the lunch break/early afternoon to sustain energy and cognitive focus in the later portion of the day.
As a general rule of exercise, generally, later is better. To clarify: stretching amply in the morning does reduce joint problems and injury; but, for higher levels of activity, such as cardiovascular training or weights, the hours from 2pm-5pm are ideal. Furthermore, muscle strength peaks between 2pm-6pm. This has important implications within the industry: delegating heavier lifting tasks for this time of day might produce more work product and fewer injuries on site.