Are you a wolf, lion, bear, or dolphin?
You know how everyone always talks about their biological clock? Turns out, we actually do have one, and I’m not talking about the “OMG MY OVARIES WANT A BABY!” clock.
Our bodies are chock full of hormones and depending on the time of day, these hormones are either working hard or sleeping on the job. It all goes by your circadian cycle (body clock).
The body clock dictates what time of day we’re sleepy, moody, hungry, and even when the best time to fall in love is! Yes, you read that right. You can now determine how to find love and what time to set your alarm so you don’t miss the opportunity to fall head over heels in love.
Dr. Michael J. Breus, a chronobiologist (which is a fancy word for someone who studies circadian cycles) discovered that the attraction hormone is awake and ready to work most during ovulation. Go figure!
To make it easier to figure out YOUR best time, Breus designed a series of "chronotypes" that group people into categories that have similar cycles. To make it interesting, they’re actually named after animals.
According to his test results and research:
- Four Key Personality Traits: Impulsivity, pessimism, creativity, moodiness
- Four Key Behaviors: Taking risks, prioritizing pleasure, seeking novelty, reacting with emotional intensity
- Sleep/Alertness Pattern: Wolves have difficulty waking up before 9 AM (They do it, but they’re not happy about it), are groggy until midday, and don’t feel tired until midnight or later.
- Most alert: 7 PM
- Most productive: late morning and late evening
- Naps: Tempting, but if a Wolf sleeps during the day, he won’t fall asleep at night. It’s just not worth it.
- Best Time to Fall In Love: Late evening!
- Four Key Personality Traits: Conscientiousness, stability, practicality, optimism
- Four Key Behaviors: Overachieving, prioritizing health and fitness, seeking positive interactions, strategizing
- Sleep/Alertness Pattern: Lions wake up bright-eyed at dawn or earlier, start to feel tired in the late afternoon, and fall asleep easily.
- Most alert: noon
- Most productive: morning
- Naps: Lions hardly ever nap. They’d rather be doing something useful.
- Best Time To Fall In Love: Morning time!
- Four Key Personality Traits: Cautiousness, extroversion, friendly and easy to talk to, open-minded
- Four Key Behaviors: Avoiding conflict, aspiring to be healthy, prioritizing happiness, taking comfort in the familiar
- Sleep/Alertness Pattern: Bears wake up in a daze after hitting the snooze button once or twice, start to feel tired by mid-to-late evening, and sleep deeply but not as long as they’d like.
- Most alert: mid-morning into early afternoon
- Most productive: late morning
- Naps: Bears catch extra hours on the weekends, on the couch
- Best Time To Fall In Love: Mid-afternoon to early evening!
- Four Key Personality Traits: Cautiousness, introversion, neuroticism, intelligence
- Four Key Behaviors: Avoiding risky situations, striving for perfection, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, fixating on details
- Sleep/Alertness Pattern: Dolphins usually wake up feeling unrefreshed and are tired until late in the evening, when they suddenly hit their stride.
- Most alert: late at night
- Most productive: in spurts throughout the day
- Naps: They try to nap to catch up on sleep but can’t quite make it happen.
- Best Time To Fall In Love: Afternoon to evening time!