A team, led by mathematician Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, looked at the morning habits of 2,000 people in the UK and invented a formula for the best morning routine.
It involves waking up at 6.44 am and getting out of bed at 7.12 am, before exercising for precisely 21 minutes. Additionally, it features a ten-minute shower and 18 minutes for breakfast.
It’s worth noting that the research was commissioned by Special K Crunchy Oat Granola- So perhaps that’s why there’s an 18-minute breakfast component of the routine.
The formula has come about after research found that 29% of people regularly ‘wake up on the wrong side of the bed and stay grumpy until 11 am. That’s about twice a week, we wake up grumpy!
Instead, to ensure your routine sets you up in a good mood, it’s all about getting the timings right with a certain formula.
Scientists say it’s all about the Math… All you have to do is double the time you spend on breakfast, then add the minutes you spend exercising and showering.
After, work out the difference between how long you slept and the recommended eight hours – so, for example, 1.5 if you only got six and a half hours sleep – as well as the difference in hours between when you got up and 7.12 am. So this might be one if it was 8.12 am, or two if it was 9.12 am.
The sum of the minutes for breakfast (doubled), exercise and showering are then divided by the sleeping and getting up points added together. Then add any additional minutes spent on other activities – e.g. feeding the cat, getting the post, getting dressed – and divide this number by two.
If your score is higher than 37 you have an optimized morning routine. If it’s any lower, you should take suggestions from the experts.
Using The Following Variables:
- s is minutes spent showering
- e is minutes spent exercising
- b is minutes spent eating breakfast
- h is hours spent sleeping
- w is a difference (in hours) between when you get out of bed and 7.12 am
- c is minutes spent on any other unique ‘getting ready’ activities, divided by 2 (e.g. word puzzles, reading the news, meditating)
- g = 37 (based on the ideal number of minutes to get ready on average, identified by the study)