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Everybody talks about the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of personal development – but very few people talk about the power of ‘when.’ In this episode, my superhero sleep sensei Dr. Michael Breus shares exactly when you should study, learn, and more for best results.
When is the best time to learn something new, to study, or to remember?
You can do the right thing at the wrong time and not get the results you want.
Dr. Michael Breus is my ‘superhero sleep sensei’ and author of The Power of When, which talks about the 4 chronotypes and how to use yours to your advantage.
Your chronotype is based on a specific gene known as the PER3 gene.
The 4 Chronotypes
Lions are the ‘early birds’
Lions get up early and make their first kill before dawn.
Lions make up 15% of the population and are type A personalities who never deviate from the established order.
Lions wake up around 5 – 5:30AM without an alarm clock.
Socially, they don’t do well because they’re tired from waking up so early.
Most people are bears
Bears make up about 50 – 55% of the population.
Bears go to bed around 10PM and wake up around 6:30 – 7AM, and society is built around a bear’s schedule.
Bears tend to be fun, gregarious extroverts but also can get work done.
Wolves are the ‘night owls’
Wolves are creative risk-takers.
Wolves can be standoffish socially – but once you become friends with a wolf, you’re friends for life.
Wolves go to bed around midnight and wake up late; they hate mornings.
Dolphins are the problem sleepers
Dolphins sleep unihemispherically – one-half of the brain sleeps while the other half looks for predators.
Dolphins tend to be insomniacs.
Dolphins are highly intelligent and motivated but a little anxious.
During each 24-hour cycle, your hormones start and stop at different hours depending on your chronotype. You can discover when the best time to do something is by matching your activities to when you need your hormones.