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Sun, Oct. 5th, 2008, 09:35 am
Get better sleep: Play Beat the Clock

I use a sleep method called "Beat The Clock." It's in my LJ.

Basically it's a way to sleep in without sleeping late, by adjusting when you go to bed so that your body wakes up naturally just before the alarm.

I write down when I get in the bed. I play guitar, read, whatever, just no tv or anything that keeps me awake.

I write down when I get out of bed. NOT WHEN I WAKE UP, WHEN I'M OUT OF BED. My alarm is 5:30am. If I beat the clock by 10 minutes, tonight I'll get in bed 5 minutes later. Waking up and immediately getting out of bed without the alarm at 5:29 = win.

It's the waking up to the alarm that's bad for you. Now my alarm is my "get in bed earlier" alert.

Sun, Oct. 5th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)

I thought you said 5:29 was a win??? :-)

Mon, Oct. 6th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)

Yes. I upped the contrast to make the numbers easier to see, which made the 5 look like a 6.