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Tricks for Waking Up #3

For those days where you wake up and have a hard time getting out of bed.

Tip #3: Turn on the Lights!

A common pitfall is to hit that snooze button once your alarm goes off and go back to bed. Instead, you should hit the on button for some light! Whether it be from a lamp, room light, or window, bright light will prevent you from falling back into a deep sleep and help wake you up.

When I’m on call and I know I may need to wake up to answer a page or see a patient, I keep a light on in the room. So if I do get awoken, I am not scrambling around in the dark trying to figure out where I am.

Have a light switch nearby. If there isn’t any, move your alarm clock next to one. That way you can turn on the lights and stay awake after you alarm has been turned off.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 18, 2011

    That’s very true. Sometimes I forget to turn my lights off & I find it so much easier to wake up in the mornings when I do so. That’s why I like sleeping in a room which has a window facing east – then you have your own natural light every morning! You’re not only able to wake up much more easily, but your attitude is also so much more brighter!

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