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The Easiest Trick To Wake Up More Easily Ever

July 16, 2018

Summer months mean longer days with way more sunlight.

And the sun staying out longer (ie. happy hour in the sunshine) isn’t the only perk.

The sun getting up earlier can work wonders too.

A few people I’ve talked to about this look at me like I’m crazy but hear me out:

You have to try sleeping with your blinds open.

I know, I know. It seems a little counterintuitive, but hear me out.

We’ve talked about things that might be sabotaging your sleep and circadian rhythms. Now let’s chat about waking up.

You know the feeling when your alarm goes off and you fumble around in the dark before dragging your half-asleep self to the bathroom or kitchen, right?

WELL.

If your blinds are open, your brain AND your body get the message that it’s time to start the day.

Letting your body wake up with natural light (okay, and maybe a chill alarm), is good for:

+ feeling more awake, more quickly
+ getting your body and brain awake
+ getting your out of deep sleep before waking up

There’s nothing worse than your alarm going off mid-dream or deep sleep (which, if you’re sleeping in three-hour segments, it technically shouldn’t be!).

Giving yourself a little light to wake up to even helps while you’re asleep: the gradual light (you know, from the sun doing that thing, um, rising?) makes from a more gradual and gentle wake up.

I swear I’m 10x more keen to get out of bed if I can actually see my room.

There’s definitely a mental element here too.

Obviously, it’s still important to get most of your sleep in the dark, so if you live in a place where the sun barely goes down at this time of year *coughSCOTLANDcough*, just lower your blinds 75% of the way.

I seriously swear by this.

And bonus: you can just leave them half-way down and never waste time opening or closing your blinds/curtains/shutters ever again!

Am I crazy? Would try leaving your blinds open?!

 

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Sleeping Too Much: Yeah, It’s a Real Thing

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