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Hack Your Chronotype (Get more done!)


Dr. Oz has talked about it and Wikipedia offers information about Chronotype and  Circadian Rhythms. You can find a quiz here to learn about your specific Chronotype. While you have heard people say they are a "night owl", there are actually four different Chronotypes:

Dolphin, Lion, Wolf and Bear.

Which are you?

By understanding your chronotype (or the chronotype of your staff), you can adapt and improve your energy levels, improve relationships and 'get more done'.

According to clinical psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, your genetics can tell you when it’s the perfect time to do just about anything.

Try using some of the tips and techniques listed below to power through your energy lows and come back out on top. (though I am unsure about a giggle break and watching kitten videos.)

Source: How to Get More Energy at Work

“If you’re a lion and you’re an early riser, by 8:30 [p.m.] you’re done,” Breus said. “If you’re a wolf, that’s the time you’re ready to get going.”

With light therapy and tweaking your sleep schedule, you can adjust your lifestyle to fit your chronotype. But it can also shift with age. 

“By the time I hit 50, 55, I’m going to start to move more into a dolphin or lionesque stage ... because there’s a depletion of melatonin as we age,” Breus said. 

Understanding chronotypes allows us to know ourselves better, but it also helps us to know - and understand - others, creating greater empathy and improving both personal and professional relationships.

Check out the book: The Power of When

Topics: Leadership Health Personal Development Personality