Hello there. I know a lot of you out there have issues with sleeping. It’s common. Too many fun things calling for your attention. Why should you sleep more when you can read one more chapter? Or watch another episode of your favorite TV show? Or even a movie?
Then you wake up in the morning, feeling tired and low on energy, and you begin to regret the night before. Don’t. Sleep should be making you energized and ready to go in the morning, not the opposite. What seems to be causing this though? I’ll break it down for you right here.
When you sleep, your body goes through various sleep cycles. One sleep cycle is 90 minutes. That means, if you wake up during a sleep cycle, you’ll wake up feeling groggy, as usual. But if you set a special bedtime for yourself depending on when you plan to wake up, you’ll wake up with more energy.
The key is to wake up in-between cycles, at the state when your mind is in the lowest tier of sleep. Instead of forcing yourself out of deep sleep, you’ll merely be waking up from a light rest. Sounds logical, right? Let’s give this a try, shall we?
Let’s say that I want to wake up at 7am. What times would be best for me to sleep at? This site, http://sleepyti.me , will help you calculate the optimal bedtimes for your desired wake-up time. So, I punch in that I want to wake up at 7am. And here’s what the site tells me:
“You should try to fall asleep at one of the following times:
10:00 PM or 11:30 PM or 1:00 AM or 2:30 AM
Please keep in mind that you should be falling asleep at these times.
The average adult human takes fourteen minutes to fall asleep, so plan accordingly!
sleepyti.me works by counting backwards in sleep cycles. Sleep cycles typically last 90 minutes.
Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle leaves you feeling tired and groggy, but waking up in between cycles lets you wake up feeling refreshed and alert!”
Note the bolded section. If you plan to use the site, please be sure you’re logging off your computer/turning off your electronics at least 15 minutes prior to the given bedtime.
If you start the process of falling asleep at the given bedtime, you will mess up the cycle and you could possibly wake up groggy instead of energized and ready to go.
Now, go on and get your sleep back!