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Last Friday, I mentioned that I’m finally headed back to the gym. Despite the difficulty of doing so, there’s one thing working in my favor. My body is naturally waking up every morning at least 80 minutes earlier than necessary to get me to work on time. I don’t even sleep in on the weekends. I noted that there’s a reason for this.
I’m a very private person, but in an odd way. Much of what you might think should be private, I have no problem sharing, while things you routinely blab about, I keep to myself. Still, one thing that exemplifies my privacy kick that will come as no surprise is that I always keep my shades drawn. In my last residence, this meant that the sun never made it through. Last January, I bought a house, and the — what do you call them? — window treatments keep prying eyes at bay but allow the sunlight through.
Well, by now you should all know the meme. Sunlight impacts your sleep cycle. It wakes you up more gradually than a jarring alarm clock. I arguably don’t need an alarm clock, but if I rely on it to wake up, it makes getting out of bed far more difficult. Sunlight really works better.
If you’re having trouble getting up in the morning, consider different coverings for your windows. It really works.
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[…] As I discussed about a year ago, I purchased a home with window treatments that let sunlight in even when they’re closed. The result has been that I wake up earlier, and the sunlight is far less jarring on the brain than an alarm clock regardless of how soft the alarm is. Humans, and every other living organism, evolved around the sun, not around alarm clocks, developing circadian rhythms (i.e., “physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle”). […]