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At which hour of the day are you smartest?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM

At which hour of the day are you at your brightest and most productive?

This study was kind of counter intuitive for me, but after thinking about it I can have some pretty productive nights sometimes!

http://ht.ly/7FHYZ

Usually I work very well early in the day, but it has changed a bit the last 3 months because of my reading facilities. I've shifted my whole day about 5 hours because of it, so I usually get up at 10-12 am and go to bed at 11pm-1am.

Anybody with similair experiences?

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on November 28, 2011
at 09:36 PM

As long as you're not super hungry and can function, go for it. You can use coconut oil or L-Glutamine to lessen cravings.

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on November 28, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Just FYI, your question is unrelated to that study. Based on that excerpt, the study found a correlation between high IQ and preference to stay up late; it has nothing to do with when you feel most intelligent during the day.

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on November 28, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Huh. Interesting idea. I wonder what would happen if I delayed lunch until my classes were over for the day.

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on November 28, 2011
at 12:51 AM

LOL! +1 for both sleeping and zipping it. :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 11:14 PM

When I'm sleeping ;)

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Any time I keep my mouth shut.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on November 27, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Interesting. I feel like I get stupid at night after teaching all day, doing dinner and kids' bedtimes, so I've been known to set my alarm for 4:30 to get some grading done. That being said, my lifestyle issues (being a high school teacher and mom to very young children) force me to be a morning person. I used to be a night owl to a certain extent, and I don't know how I would be now if left to my own devices. (Though, truth be told, my more creative--not necessarily smarter, though--years corresponded with staying up late.)

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:30 PM

right now im ina lot of pain so im never smart unless i drink tea

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I am definitely more productive at night. As a college student, I find that when I finish studying, the best thing to do afterwards is sleep as that helps you memorize what you've just learned.

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on November 27, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I am much more alert, productive, and "intelligent" feeling in the evening/late at night. :)

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on November 28, 2011
at 01:59 PM

The earlier the better. If I have some daunting mental task that's due tomorrow at 9am, I'll get up at 4am to start on it rather than get a head-start the evening before. I don't think it's that I'm any smarter early in the morning, but my mind is less cluttered with the detritus of the day, and I'm not thinking about what I should be doing instead at that time. By afternoon, I'm thinking about the things I didn't get finished in the morning, and what can be put off another day. By evening, I've given up on the day and figured anything that's not done yet can wait until the next day.

Some of that's ADD and procrastination, which I'm working on. But I do notice that my first meal of the day pretty much ends any hyper-productive stretch I had going, regardless of when it comes or what I eat. I used to think it was from too much protein because I nearly always ate meat and eggs; but mixing in carbs like potatoes or trading some of the protein for fat doesn't seem to make a difference. Just having a full belly seems to dull my focus or slow my thinking somehow. On the other hand, hunger is distracting; but if I can power through it, I work faster hungry than full.

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on November 28, 2011
at 09:18 AM

when im dreaming

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on November 28, 2011
at 07:24 AM

For me, I think about 1, after the days started rolling:)

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on November 28, 2011
at 05:00 AM

before 3pm. (i wake up around 9am)

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 27, 2011
at 11:47 PM

From morning until whenever I wind up having lunch. After that, as blood goes to the stomach to digest the food, I tend to get less clear than normal. By bedtime, I'm already naturally tired.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on November 28, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Huh. Interesting idea. I wonder what would happen if I delayed lunch until my classes were over for the day.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 28, 2011
at 09:36 PM

As long as you're not super hungry and can function, go for it. You can use coconut oil or L-Glutamine to lessen cravings.

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