Added On: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Waking up Refreshed

So Vincent Cheung posted a piece on sleep which really got my attention. He says he uses a system to wake up that leaves him feeling refreshed, I know I'm going to try this.

I use a very simple system that can be done by even the most frugal of people. I can't remember when I first started doing this, but it's been at least 7 years. Here's what you do:
  • Set an alarm to go off before you want to wake up.
  • Make the alarm really quiet radio or music.
  • Set a second alarm to go off at the latest time you want to wake up.
  • Make the alarm the usual loudness.
The whole point is that the first alarm should be so quiet that it will only wake you up if you're in "light" sleep. Waking up in "light" sleep should leave you feeling more refreshed than waking up in "deep" sleep. The second alarm is the back up to make sure that you wake up in time :)


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