Mental tasks best done during mornings, research suggests

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Have something important to do? Schedule it for the morning.

Older adults perform better at demanding mental tasks in the morning as opposed to later in the day, according to a new study from the University of Toronto.

Researchers said older adults are "more focused and better able to ignore distraction" in the morning. When the same older adults were tested later in the afternoon, their brains appeared to be "idling" -- meaning they had more trouble focusing.

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Researchers said the results could mean that older adults might do better on mental tasks such as doing taxes or paying bills in the morning.

The study was small, so more research is required. It appeared in the Psychology and Aging journal.

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