There's a time for everything

According to the Book of Ecclesiastes and the 60s band The Byrds, there is a time for everything. And now with the wonders of science and research, we can pinpoint exactly what time of day to achieve… just about anything!

From shopping to sex, here are some common activities and when you should carry them out. Do you agree with these timings, and have they changed as your life has evolved?


According to the Daily Mail in the UK, the best time to have sex is between 7am and 8am when the body produces a surge of sex hormones and the up-and-at-em hormone adrenaline.

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Here are some other ideal times identified by the experts:

  • 8am to 9am: Time to “eat the frog first” and get the most difficult task of your day out of the way. Your body is full of stress hormone cortisol, but your blood sugars are even, which aides thinking and productivity.
  • 10am to 11am is the best time to go shopping (but we already knew that, right). By now you’ve eaten and energy levels are high so decision making is easier.
  • 11am to 12pm: Now’s a great time to ask for something, be it a raise or a favour, as this is when most people’s energy peaks and they have the mental acuity to negotiate.
  • 1pm to 2pm is when you should eat lunch as your blood sugars are still reasonably level, which will prevent overeating, and your digestive system is primed.
  • 2pm to 3pm: It’s time for a cuppa. A British survey found their get-up-and-go and got up and gone by 2.15pm, so put the kettle on and recharge.
  • 3pm to 4pm: see your doctor or dentist. Fascinatingly, local anaesthetics last longer when given mid-afternoon. Who knew?
  • 5pm to 6pm is the best time of day to exercise, according to research from California’s San Jose University as hand-eye coordination is best at this time of day.
  • 7pm-8pm is when you should enjoy a glass of wine, but keep it within limits as your body has slowed down and will metabolise the alcohol more slowly.
  • 10pm to 11pm has been identified as the best time to get to bed, in keeping with the average persons circadian rhythms.

We want to know: how does this compare to your day? Do you agree with these timings?