The Zoomer Report: Body clock

By now, you know whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, but if
you want to know more about your body’s more subtle rhythms, try a new
book Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream by Jennifer Ackerman.

It’s a tour through 24 hours in the life of a typical body and here are
some of the findings: most of us are mentally sharpest three hours after waking,
when concentration and problem-solving abilities may be up to 30 per cent better
than at other times of day. This makes late morning the best time to puzzle
through a complex decision or absorb new information.

On the other hand, the best time to brave the dentist’s chair is in the
afternoon, when the pain threshold in teeth is highest. If you’re going
for a personal best, schedule your run for early evening, when your perception
of exertion is low and your muscles are at their most powerful.

And the next time you’re having a drink at happy hour, be thankful that
the liver best detoxifies booze between 5 and 6 p.m.

About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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