Dr Oz: What’s Your Body Clock Type?
According to Dr Oz, your body clock controls so many things, from when you’re tired to when you’re hungry, so “what makes your clock tick?” Dr Oz said that research revealed three different body clocks, and said knowing yours can give you the secret to more energy and a longer, happier life.
The first is the early riser body clock that is up at 5 a.m., and most in-sync with the 9-to-5 world. They’re active, cheerful, and generally feel happier than everyone else. Most of us had this body clock when we were younger, but your body clock changes as you age. Next is the most common of the three types: the balanced body clock. Up at 7 a.m. and in bed by 11 p.m., this balanced person is downright flexible and ready for whatever morning and night. This person spends the most time in bed.
Lastly, there’s the night owl body clock, who is rarely in bed before 12 a.m. and more energetic in the afternoon and evening. They’re more creative and can stay mentally alert for more hours than an early riser.
Your body clock is determined by genetics, so which type are you?
Dr Oz: The Early Riser
Dr Oz first tackled the Early Riser body clock by talking to a woman named Debbie who wakes up at 5 a.m. on the dot, but then cat naps when she’s supposed to be running errands. She said she usually naps for about 30 minutes to an hour, and Dr Oz said early risers usually do really well with naps, and he advised her to take one, just only for 15-20 minutes. Any longer and you’ll feel more tired.
Secondly, you should do something in the middle of the afternoon that takes a little heat off the rest of your day, like sipping a cup of white tea around 3 p.m. It has the perfect amount of caffeine to energize you during the evening.
Dr Oz: Balanced Body Clock
Next, Dr Oz discussed the Balanced clock type. A woman named Kellye shared that she wakes up around 7 a.m., but after lunch around 12:30, she’s completely lacking in energy. For lunch, Kellye usually enjoys a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Dr Oz said he thought that was the problem, saying that she needed something more sustaining. He suggested that she add one serving of pectin to her lunch which she can get from firm bananas or 1/2 cup of berries.
Dr Oz: Night Owls & Avoiding The Snooze Button
Dr Oz then talked about Night Owls with a woman who said she doesn’t go to bed until 2 a.m., even though she’s a mother of three. She said she’s a kickboxer and that’s when she likes to practice for about an hour. She said she’s groggy in the morning and loves the snooze button. Dr Oz explained that when your alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button, your body treats it like a false alarm and tries to go back to sleep. Hitting the snooze button results in a groggy, fuzzy feeling.
Dr Oz suggested setting your alarm for ten minutes later and avoiding hitting the snooze button. He then suggested brushing your teeth in bright light as well as opening the curtains and blinds in the morning, while dimming the lights at night.