Do you ever feel that your schedule is a bit off-kilter from the rest of the world? Well, you’re not alone. Maelisa and Amber have found a fantastic book that explains why different people’s optimal schedule may not line up with their spouse’s or seemingly everyone else’s. On this episode of My Biz Bestie Maelisa and Amber review a book that they have often mentioned on the podcast. The book is The Power of When and it was written by sleep psychologist, Michael Breus. If sleep or productivity have ever been a problem for you then you will want to listen to this episode to hear if this book would be a helpful tool for you.

What are chronotypes?

Sleep is so important to have a productive day. Everyone is told that they need eight hours of sleep to function best, but is this really true? The truth is everyone is that different people have different chronotypes. Chronotypes are natural, internal timelines that each person has which dictate their best time of day to do different kinds of activities. The book includes a quiz that you can take to help you learn what your ideal chronotype is. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to find out whether this book might be helpful for you.


What is your chronotype?

The Power of When bases its productivity advice on four different chronotypes. Michael Breus differentiates the groups by animal names, there are bears, dolphins, wolves, and lions. Bears are the most common chronotype. The world is made especially for bears. They go to sleep and get up at ‘normal’ hours and eat meals at typical times. Wolves are night owls, they have high energy levels in the afternoons and often have trouble waking up in the mornings. Most teenagers are typical wolves. Listen to this episode to hear if you can identify your chronotype and see if this book would help you learn about your ideal timeline.

Are you an insomniac?

If you are an insomniac you may be a dolphin. The reason that Breus named this group the dolphins is because part of a dolphin’s brain never really goes to sleep. If your brain is always turned on, then it causes you to wake up at night, or never even go to sleep in the first place. The author explains that a portion of the population has their cortisol and melatonin levels mixed up which causes sleep problems. There are actually a lot of tools that can help you perform better if you are a dolphin. If you have any sleep issues at all, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode to hear if the book is right for you.

What does The Power of When help with?

The book The Power of When is really helpful identifying when would be the best time for you to do different activities. The book tells you more than simply when is the best time for you to wake up and go to sleep. It gets into when your ideal time to work out is, when you should set aside time to be creative, and even when the ideal time is to have sex with your spouse. The concept of The Power of When is really helpful, but there are a few anomalies. Overall it is an easy, quick read that can really give you insight and help you with productivity. Be sure to listen to this episode to find out if The Power of When could help you in your business and your life.

In this episode…

  • [1:12] About The Power of When

  • [4:29] What is a bear

  • [5:19] What is a wolf

  • [8:31] The truth about dolphins

  • [13:01] Lions are the rarest

  • [14:45] The book recommends when to do different activities

  • [25:50] Can you have too much sleep?

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