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I wanted to start this article by telling you the story of how I developed the habbit of sleeping in. Then I realized, I actually don’t know.
It might have been shortly after highschool, where I was finally able to enjoy my “freedom” to do so. Back then I still lived at home and my mom would wake me at 10 am at the latest. It could just as well have been during the second semester of University where my amotivation to attend lectures (because I rarely learnt something new or interesting and they were optional, so I was able to look at the slides afterwards instead) may have kept me in bed along the lines of “I should, but if I just sleep long enough that I would be late, it won’t be worth driving there anymore.” (Yeah, my mentality towards Uni was a little messed up.) It may have been sometime after 2013 when my passion for developing Virtual Reality games with the team I gathered around Vhite Rabbit drove me to work late into the night.
Whatever it was, until half a year ago (end of 2017) I had major problems getting myself out of bed before 12pm, causing myself loads of frustration about sleeping away half of the day and having less time to work. Consequently I stayed up late to compensate for the lost time and even not sleep at all a couple of times, fearing not getting up in the morning, because I knew I’d be a totally different person who would not remember why it would be amazing to get started with the day.
Btw, did you know that not sleeping a night makes you feel similar to when you’re drunk? 1 And the atmosphere in the very early morning is energizing.
My original intent was to write about the solution and merely use the problem as a short introduction – I guess I kinda ran away with the later.
Sleep is important and improves your mood, cognitive ablity and physical performance. You can get the most effective sleep somewhere around 10pm to 6am 2, hence I roughly go to bed around 11pm and set my wake up lamp 4 to either 5:30am, 6:30am or 7:30am, depending on whether I worked out and the time I went to bed. In addition to that, I have my mobile phone set to an alarm five minutes later in the bathroom, with my clothes ready next to it. This comes with two advantages: I don’t use my phone at night – avoiding the blue light stimulating creation of hormones that cause you to feel awake – and I have to get up, otherwise my roommate and neighborhood will wake up instead of me.
Once in the bathroom, I might aswell take a shower, a cold shower, which is usually the point when I will be awake. I would then continue with breakfast or go straight to the KNIME office (where I have a student job). It helps, though, to do meaningful work first thing in the morning 3, which since I decided to daily blog for a while yesterday is writing a blog post.
If you are one of those lucky people who live for work, you may also be going to bed, excited for the next day… and with that, unable to fall asleep, maybe having to deal with “racing mind”. In addition to finding a regular time to go to bed every day, meditation 5 was probably the most significant habbit I introduced that helped with that. I use an app called Headspace 6, which has a “sleep pack”, which seemed to have helped with the falling asleep issues.
Collected links in 20 minutes, written in 150 minutes, edited in 10 minutes. (This really grew out of scope, will focus on brevity tomorrow!)
- HOW to get more quality sleep 0:24 by “What I’ve Learned”
- HOW to get more quality sleep 1:53 by “What I’ve Learned”
- 5 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People 6:17 by “Charisma on Command”
- I use this wake-up lamp (amazon affiliate link, in case you want to support me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), it’s noisy, but “does the job”
- How Top Performers Start Their Mornings
- Headspace invitation link (in case you want to support me)