Do you jump out of bed in the morning ready to conquer the
world, or do you just hit your stride when others are hitting the
hay? While some people are EARLY RISERS OR NIGHT OWLS,
most of us fall somewhere in the middle—depending on what
task we’re trying to do. Your chronotype is set by YOUR OWN
BIOLOGICAL CLOCK and helps determine what hours of the
day are best for you to sleep, be creative, make decisions, and
do other types of tasks. There are four chronotypes:
1 BEARS About half of people are bears, whose rhythms follow the
sun. While they have steady energy
levels, intense tasks are best tackled
3 LIONS This type-A type hits the ground running in the morning
and has probably emailed you before
you even thought of waking up. But
beware the afternoon slump.
Take a quiz to determine your chronotype at thepowerofwhenquiz.com and learn
more about leveraging your best hours by reading The Power of When by Michael
Breus, PhD. For another take on timing, check out When by Daniel H. Pink.
2 WOLVES This caffeine-driven creative type does their best work in
the dark after others are winding
down. They may be a bit more
introverted than other types.
4 DOLPHINS The smallest chronotype, these frequent insomniacs
struggle with regular sleep
patterns. They do their best work
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
BY JACK ALTSCHULER
Why is it always at G21?
Or at H17 or at some other one
That is down at the end of the long concourse hall,
When it’s really close in, that’s a much better call.
With all of those gates standing empty of planes,
Not even one passenger waiting in vain,
I try to decipher the logic of this,
As I trudge the terrazzo and silently hiss.
It’s a third of a mile from the terminal on
To the gate at the end, so I stop at the john,
’Cus the journey is long and I think I may spend
My entire next birthday ’fore I reach the end.
All those airline execs just don’t seem to perceive
We prefer the gates close when it’s time that we leave
Or arrive, but it seems that we just cannot fight ’em.
So dragging our roll-on plus personal item,
We slog all the length of the concourse once more,
Just wishing that someone would come and take score
Of the gates that are empty and get the change done
So that never again it’s at G21.
A TRAVELER’S LAMENT
The next time you’re struggling to memorize
a new section of your speech or the seven
steps of your training program, sleep on it.
Neuroscience shows that snoozing helps your
brain process the information you have in your
short-term “working” memory and move it into
your long-term “storage” memory. When you’re
short on sleep, your brain doesn’t recharge
and you short-change that transfer process. In
addition to a full night of rest, taking a cat nap
right after trying to memorize new material also
can help it jell.