Monday, January 25, 2010

Quick tip: Life without the Snooze Bar

Does it take the "Jaws-of-life" to get you out of bed in the morning? Consider changing your sleep habits. Here is a trick that I use to make my mornings easier:

Monday through Friday I get up at 5:15 am. I'm usually out the door just before 6:00 to catch the train. If motivating myself to get up at this time becomes problematic, I will plan a "sleep attack."

The Early Alarm Sleep Attack

Set your alarm an hour early, and crank up the volume. The next morning after you put your heart back in your chest, and return to DEFCON 5, go through your regular morning routine as usual. If everything goes correctly you should be walking out the door exactly 1 hour ahead of schedule.

Make sure you leave the house. Either go to work early, or stop at a coffee shop and read the paper. If you go to work early it might impress your boss, and help to compensate for your temporary sleep deprived zombie state. Do what ever it takes to get through the day. When you get home, you must stay up until an hour before you regular bed time. Before you go to bed remember to return your alarm clock to it regular settings.

The next morning you will wake up at your normal time feeling refreshed and life will be wonderful. Even 5:15am can feel like sleeping in.

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