Imagine you could get an extra hour every day. That means 365 hours a year. 365 hours is like 45 eight-hour work days. Wow.
I’ll start with a success story. Over a month ago, I read something very interesting about how to sleep properly. I used to have problems getting out of bed at 7am. I used to have those mornings when I felt like half asleep zombie for several hours after getting up. Now I have no problems waking up at 6:45, sometimes I even wake up earlier without the alarm clock. Oh, and I also started going to bed later (usually shortly after midnight but it really depends on when I start feeling tired).
Out of the last 8 days, I went jogging in the early morning 7 times. Today I woke up at 6:42, three minutes before my alarm would go off. It’s Saturday 7:37am and I just came back from my half an hour of jogging. I had a shower and am enjoying my breakfast, while all of you are asleep. These long weekends are amazing — it really is a measurable difference.
Here are the keys (more or less sorted by importance):
- get up at a regular time (yes, that includes weekends), go to sleep when you get tired (no earlier and no later)
- get enough sunshine and natural daylight during the day (bulbs will not cut it, you need real light)
- every day, do at least 20 minutes of increased physical activity such as running (most effective in the morning)
- drink a lot of pure water (it’s also generally good for your health)
- if you feel like taking a nap after lunch, do so (limit it to 20-30 minutes), naps are good for you
- never ever take sleeping pills (important, but rather common sense, isn’t it?), don’t drink coffee or overeat yourself before going to sleep
When I was starting with this I was called gullible. What is worse — I was called gullible by someone who believes in a three-in-one god that is supposedly omnipotent and sent his only son (who was actually one of the three) to save the mankind by dying on a cross in huge pain. Crazy stuff.