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Best time of day for an IQ Test

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Andrew Jones
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20/02/2013
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Current research suggests that the brain acts in cycles depending on the time of day similar to your bodies’ energy levels. In the morning you might be bright and fresh but as the day progresses you become more lack laster and lethargic, the brain is also no different.

It has also been identified that during certain parts of the day your brain will be performing at its peak for different types of tasks and functions, researchers believe that this is tired in with the human clock, the amount and time of sleep you have, natural light and genetics. So what tasks or jobs should you be doing during the day that you can maxim results and what jobs should you avoid? What time of the day should you be completing an IQ test? 8 brain time zones are listed below; the times are based on a normal working day job and a standard 8 hour sleep pattern at night.

Zone 1 (7.00 am – 9.00 am) Affection

According to Dr Ilia Karatsoreos, a Neuro Scientist at the Washington State University, these are the hours that you should be getting close with your partner, the reason is due to the high levels of Oxytocin, a neurohypophyseal hormone that acts a neuro modulator in the brain. The levels of Oxytoxin are very high during this time of day right after your sleep cycle has finished. Research suggests that the levels of Oxytocin levels gradually decreases as the day progresses, a sharper decline are seen in men as opposed to women.

Zone 2 (9.00 am – 11.00 am) Creativity

This is the best time of the day to learn new things, this is due to a reasonable amount of the hormone cortisol that is now present in the brain, Dr Sung Lee the secretary of the International Brain Education (IBREA) believes. The hormone cortisol helps the brain to concentrate and stay focus during this time period. Dr Carolyn Yoon from the University of Michigan whose wok in neuroscience has also concurs with a study completed at the University that showed people were quicker mentally in the morning then that in the afternoon. This is the best time of the day to have a new idea, brain storm, etc. This is also the best time of the day that your IQ will be at its peak and hence complete an IQ Test.

Zone 3 (11.00 am – 2 pm) Difficult Tasks

Dr Rene Marois from the Human Information Processing Laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Germany believes this is the time of the day that you are more ready to take on large work loads, it is because of the sleep hormone melatonin has dropped of from its morning and night time peaks allowing the brain to multitask more effectively and accomplish finish tasks during this time period. This is the best time of day to take action Dr Rene Marois says, such as emails, phone calls, presentations, etc.

Zone 4 (2 pm – 3 pm) Break Time

This is the time of the day that your biological clock that regulates sleep and alertness kicks in says Dr Michael Lee from the Harvard University in the United States. It is time of day that is usually after a main meal where all the blood has now gone to your stomach to help process the food you have eaten. To help overcome this period it is suggested to have quick walk or a drink of water, which helps to bring blood away from your stomach and back to your head. During this time of day, is best reserved for resting or trivial tasks if possible.

Zone 5 (3 pm – 6 pm) Collaboration

As the brain starts to approach the end of the working day, it will start to show signs of fatigue according to Dr Paul D Nussbaum a clinical Neuro psychologist at the school of medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. The brain will no longer be working as sharp or quickly as the morning times, and it is best during these times to be doing low mental activities, such as meetings or physical activities requiring little brain power.

Zone 6 (6 pm – 8 pm) Private Time

Dr Paul Nussbaum now says that the brain enters what is called a “wake Maintenance” state where the levels of melatonin in the brain that contributes to sleep is at the lowest levels during the day, meaning there is little chance of getting tired and going to bed. It is at also the time of the day that you now having a second burst of mental energy, through the body’s natural biological clock cycle and capturing the last amount of serotonin energising sunlight of the day. As you are usually home from work now, best to spend this time running errands and catching up with family and friends for enjoyable conversations.

Zone 7 (8 pm – 10 pm) Relaxation Time

During this time of the day your Melatonin levels start to rise quickly, meaning that you go from a wide awake state to a sleepy states Dr Rubin Naiman a sleeping specialist from the school medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr Rubin says that the levels of serotonin a neurotransmitter starts to drop off as much of the serotonin is generate from the daylight which is no longer present. This is the time of the day where you should not be doing any mental activities such as an IQ test, but activities that does not engage the mind too much such as watching a movie, cleaning, etc.

Zone 8 (10 pm and onwards) Sleeping Time

This is the time of the day that your brain rejuvenates and goes over all the activities completed during the day. It is very important that you try and get at least 8 hours of sleep during a night Dr Rubin Naiman says as a study was completed at the University of Arizona that proved that those taught a task to do was easier then the group of people who did not have 8 hours of sleep. It is also important to try and get the mood of the room ready for bed too, by dimming the lights the closer you get to going to bed, this helps train the brain ready for sleep.

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