My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eye on the clock around 8 a.m. today and every day of Week 1 and Week 2. You’ll feel like you have more time than you really do during this phase of the day, which can end up making you late to work, school or important events. Blame goes to monthly hormones, which make your body clock run slower at certain times of your cycle, research shows.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll probably find it easier to stay up later tonight since high estrogen and testosterone are amping up your energy and endurance. What’s more, once you go to bed, rising estrogen is giving you something you can really look forward to—deeper sleep. And, that’s a good thing, since not only will a solid snooze help you feel refreshed in the morning, studies show it also strengthens memory, helps you make better decisions and enables you to see the big picture more clearly on issues.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll be doing a bit more yawning today as rising progesterone makes you slow and sleepy. Luckily, you can have a little fun with your yawns: If someone “catches” your yawn and starts yawning, too, it’s a sign that they can empathize easily with others and are more prone to consider others’ feelings, British researchers recently found. And if someone doesn’t yawn? You guessed it—they’re less empathetic and are less prone to consider other people’s feelings. Fun fact: Some dogs yawn in response to people yawning! 

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: With estrogen plunging today, you may need a bit of a mood boost now and then. Want a super-quick—and tasty—way to get it? Eat something spicy, such as salsa or dark chocolate with chili pepper. Studies show that spicy foods trigger an immediate rush of feel-good endorphins. No wonder we love to eat them despite the heat!

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