Scientists distinguish two main chronotypes, so-called night owl and morning lark
. They regulate our circadian rhythms.
There are some key factors that determine our chronotype including the environment (for example, time when the sun rises and how bright it is out at night). Genetics also determines our body clock type.
Field service is very important in the working process. Engineers and technical experts are responsible not only for the quality of services provided, but also for communication with customers and extra sales. Overall success and business growth depends greatly on their performance. Performance of each specialist, in turn, depends on his body clock and chronotype.
Professor Mark Stokes is sure that circadian rhythms change over a lifetime. Young professionals are mostly night owls. Their peak physical and mental performance is at the end of the working day, while experienced professionals are more active in the morning. However, it doesn’t always work like this. So, when setting a work schedule, first of all, focus on the time periods when you feel tired and when you are full of energy.
Light and darkness regulate our circadian rhythms to a big extent (although they are not the only factors). Bright ambient light triggers chemical reactions which disrupts sleep.
Although working in accordance with your body clock is the best option, you can try to reset your circadian rhythm to stay productive. First of all, you should keep a regular sleep schedule. To create a sleep routine, dim the lights an hour before going to bed to prepare for sleep. When you wake up in the morning, open the curtains and let the sunlight fill the room. Try to stick to your sleep schedule even on weekends. Get out of bed even if there is such a strong desire to go back to sleep for a few more hours.
Over time, your circadian rhythm will adjust to new conditions which will improve your performance.