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Take note of your energy level now, then set a timer and take note again in 3 hours.

How to do it
How would you describe your energy right now? Are you pumped and ready to go, all used up, or somewhere in between? Make a note of that. Set a timer for three hours from now and when it goes off, ask yourself about your energy level again. Is it higher, lower, or the same?

Why it matters
In the course of the day, our bodies have natural ups and downs that have to do with hormones, built-in circadian rhythms, food, exercise, sleep, stress, and other factors. Some we can control (like the food we eat). Some we can't (like our hormones). Understanding when your energy is naturally higher or lower, and what affects these levels, can help you plan your day and prepare for those highs and lows.

Fun Fact
Humans have two natural high-energy periods each day - mid-morning and early evening - and then a natural dip in energy in the early afternoon. Like other animals, we maintain our 24-hour patterns even when deprived of cues like light or temperature.

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