40 Sleep Hacks to Get Your Sleep On

Working in an industry with people that seem to be incapable of being up at a reasonable time regularly always fills me with ire.  Recently, I stumbled across a free e-book of 40 sleeping hacks.  It made me realize that I adhere to quite a few of these hacks without ever knowing about them and why I fail to understand the struggle with getting up on time regularly.

A few hacks that have been passed down to me by my parents.

  • Wake up at the same time every morning.  This is key for me.  Probably the best hack in the list.  I also go to bed at roughly the same time every night.
  • Understand what zeitgeber’s can do to impact your sleep patterns.
  • Learn to take naps effectively.
  • Set two alarms, especially when training yourself for a new wake up time or when waking up at a time other than your normal time.
  • Figure out how your diet affects your sleep.
  • Use Getting Things Done or something similar to free your mind to sleep.

Two interesting hacks that I want to explore:

  • Using sleep logs.  In order to really improve at something you have to measure it, analyze it and practice it.
  • Dream manipulation.  Currently I don’t remember my dreams often, but when I do they are amazingly vivid.  Being able to tap into them could be beneficial.

I think the author says it well, “Our brain runs on habits. Half of it just runs on auto-pilot. If you spend some time programming a new habit for your brain, you can let that habit run on auto-pilot for the rest of your life and effortlessly enjoy the benefits.”.

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  1. Focus on your breathing and nothing else. Soon you will be asleep. Unless you drank too much coffee. Unless you ate too much salt. Unless you are obsessing about something. In such cases, get up and read until you have to read the same paragraph three times to understand it.

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