A new study has found that the ideal time to retire for most people is between 6am and 11am.
The findings come from a survey conducted by global digital media and advertising firm MediaGap and show that the optimal time to do so is between 3am and 6am, but the ideal length of time is up to two hours.
It found that people tend to think about retirement as being “just after work” and, in some cases, it’s even more important to do this when there’s a lot going on at home, such as a newborn, a wedding, or a birthday.
MediaGap asked 2,000 people their thoughts on the optimal timing of their retirement.
Among the top three questions that were asked were, “Is it better to retire after work or after the baby is born?”
“Should I retire after the birthday?” and “Do I really need to retire before the anniversary of the birthday of my spouse or someone I love?”
“The ideal time for retiring is between 4am and 7am,” said MediaGape’s Rajesh Kumar, the study’s lead author.
“It’s just after work for most, but a couple of people may prefer to retire around 6am.”
The results of the survey showed that people were more likely to prefer to spend their time in the afternoon, after their work, and before a big event, such a birthday party.
People who said they preferred to retire at 4am were more than twice as likely to say they did it after work, compared to those who preferred to do it before the birth of their child.
A similar pattern was seen with the number of people who said their preferred time to take the baby to nursery, but before they took the baby home.
After the baby’s birth, it was more likely that people would prefer to take their baby home and spend the rest of their time with the family, rather than after work.
This is not the first study to suggest that the optimum time for retirement is during the day.
A study published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Economic and Policy Research found that after-work hours were the best time to go to bed, even if the time was not immediately following work.