Most people have probably noticed that they feel more energized at certain points in their workday than they do at others. For instance, some people feel particularly alert during the mid-morning part of their workday while their energy lags around 3:00 pm.
These changes in levels of alertness and productivity are attributed to the circadian rhythm.
How Does the Circadian Rhythm Affect Your Workday and Your Health?
The circadian rhythm, sometimes referred to as your body or internal clock, governs your wake/sleep patterns. Although everyone’s circadian rhythm is slightly different, a majority of people notice that the most productive part of their workday begins a couple of hours before lunch, then tapers off until about three o’clock. From there, energy begins to rise again, hitting a second, lower peak around six o’clock. Your circadian rhythm also helps you wind down for sleep at night, helping to ensure your better health with a solid sleep cycle.
Scheduling Around the Circadian Rhythm
Knowing that you’ll reach the peak of your energy in the mid-morning point in your workday can help you schedule tasks. Those peak hours are the ideal time to tackle a big project, attend an important meeting or make a presentation. Lower-energy times can be reserved for less critical tasks. This ensures that employees get more done in less time, and that their work is more likely to be accurate.
Working Against the Rhythm Can Be Bad for Your Health
Relaxation and sleep are essential for your health. When you ignore your body’s clock by burning the midnight oil you’re putting your health at risk. A lack of sleep makes you vulnerable to illness and more prone to making costly errors. If your health suffers, then you may have to miss a workday, putting you even further behind.
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