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.”.