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Become an Early Riser – Boost Productivity

Posted by medliorator on July 31, 2008

It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. One is that you should go to bed and get up at the same times every day.
The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up.

I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. Both of them are wrong if you care about productivity. Here’s why:

If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough. If it’s taking you more than five minutes to fall asleep each night, you aren’t sleepy enough. You’re wasting time lying in bed awake and not being asleep. Another problem is that you’re assuming you need the same number of hours of sleep every night, which is a false assumption.
If you sleep based on what your body tells you, you’ll probably be sleeping more than you need… A lot of people who sleep this way get 8+ hours of sleep per night, which is usually too much. …because our natural rhythms are sometimes out of tune with the 24-hour clock, you may find that your sleep times begin to drift.

The solution was to go to bed when I’m sleepy (and only when I’m sleepy) and get up with an alarm clock at a fixed time (7 days per week). So I always get up at the same time (in my case 5am), but I go to bed at different times every night.

if I couldn’t read a book for more than a page or two without drifting off, I’m ready for bed.

How to Become an Early Riser [Steve Pavlina]

Correlate: 10 Tips for Waking up Eearly
Correlate: Achieve Morning Alertness without Caffeine
Correlate: Sleeping Smarter
Correlate: Understand the Mechanics of Sleep


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