The Best Time of Day to Have Sex...and Other Fascinating Time Stats
They say the early bird gets the worm, but when it comes to doing certain activities, there are specific times that may be more advantageous than others. Of course, most of us are all so time-pressed we'd be lucky if we even managed to brush our teeth AND our hair, but if you can choose when to schedule stuff, a new book can tell you the best time slots.
Written by Lesley Alderman, a health and finance reporter (as well as a former editor at Real Simple magazine), the just-released book The Book of Times covers everything from eating and exercise to love and romance -- detailing how long we spend doing common things (i.e. the average person spends a whopping 145 hours per month in front of the TV) as well as the best times for scheduling other events. (Hint: don't visit a hospital in July, if you can help it). Here are a few tidbits I found interesting:
[Full disclosure: I worked with Lesley on the staff of Real Simple for a few years.]
The Best Time to Hit the Bar: It's not called "happy hour" without good reason! Turns out, the best time to tipple is about 5-6pm, because that's when your liver can best process the booze.
The Best Time to Read or Write an Uplifting Tweet: Turns out, people are cheerier (at least online!) in the a.m. In fact, it seems that sunny-sided Tweets peak between 6-9am. Moods tend to decline as the day wears on.
The Best Time to Get Busy...In Bed: According to one poll of 5,000 adults, the most popular time to get sheet-freaky is 10:16 on a Saturday night. The next-preferred time? 9pm on Friday. If you're looking to actually make a baby during the deed, however, then the afternoon is your best bet, as that is when male sperm swim at top speed.
Speaking of time having its way with you...
*It takes about 4.5 hours to digest 2 hard-boiled eggs (measured as the amount of time it takes for the food to leave the stomach) but just 2.5 hours to digest a salad.
*It takes 10 months for your fingernail to grow one full inch.
*The country with the highest life expectancy is Monaco -- at 90 years.
*In one minute, 50,000 dead skin flakes fall off your body. Yikes.