The flip side of improved sleeping habits, which was Day Two's task, is being able to rise earlier. I am a self-confessed night owl. Getting up early or on time has always been a challenge for me. And lately, after a night tossing and turning in pain, dragging myself out of bed in the morning has become a Herculean task. In my quest to get up a cock crow, I tried staying up all night. I know, crazy huh? I figured that my sleep was so crappy that I might as well try foregoing it altogether. I lasted until 3 am and the next day was a zombie. Then I tried getting up at 5 am. I did manage to get up at that horrendous hour, only to have to listen to Monsieur's vociferous complaints at disturbing the household. To be fair, I was feeling at a bit of a loose end and decided I might as well fill in the time until the sun rose by doing various household chores. This was a mistake. There is no point in doing the dishes at 5 am and feeling smugly virtuous about it only to be faced with a barrage of bitter recriminations later.
Anyway, I will say that my Phillips Wake Up Light has been a wonder in helping me to get up. I have the older cone shaped model but I think the round shaped newer model is even better as the shape is even more "sun-like." It simulates a sunrise, glowing a reddish orange a half hour before the alarm goes off. The glow steadily gets stronger so that by the time the alarm does off (you have a choice of bird song, the radio and elevator type music), your body is ready for it.
No more being jolted awake by a horrid, screeching alarm. The Wake Up Light provides a gentle glide towards consciousness.
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