Question: what do sane people do if they start working until four in the morning while writing their bachelor's thesis and sleep until noon?
Answer: I do not know.
But here's what I did after several months of such work - I decided to turn my sleeping time 180° in one day and start GETTING UP at four in the morning. From 04:00 -> 12:00 sleep mode... to 21:00 -> 04:00 mode.
Well, not really, actually. Maybe I made a mistake by not listening to my own tried and tested small steps method. And maybe another mistake. But more on that later.
On the Fourth of July this summer, I decided to get my sleep pattern under control and this is what I experienced.
Graphics and the next (to me) most interesting part:
If you hate lines drawn with a pencil on white sheets, mathematics and other scientific subjects 1 gadgets... Please bear with me. I won't be long.
First, let's look at graph of sleep duration per day. At the same time, it also shows the time of waking up and falling asleep.
Then let's compare this with feel good after sleeping schedule. The value of well-being here is conditional, compared to the most pleasant days. 2
...Um. Yes. Don't look at me like that. Let me explain.
Eh... But wait, it's LITTLE not 4 in the morning! ...You liar, Daniel!
Hey, hey. Take it easy. I know, I promised four in the morning in the title. However, on the fifth day, my bedtime jumped to six in the morning, and on the thirteenth, it was back to five...
I know that. And I wonder how it happened.
Because after all, I planned to get up at four o'clock. I even said on Debesyla's Facebook that I would do it. 3 However, I lasted only five days.
Fascinating, right? I'm sure pursuit of crazy goals inspiration. 😀
Therefore, I'd better let the article go a little closer to the truth here - let me tell you more, how did you manage to get up so early in the first place. Although I used to go to bed at such hours for three months.
Because as much fun as it would be to write an article about getting up ONLY at four in the morning to get on the Delphi homepage... I can't do it this time. This experiment of mine is a bit of a failure.
But only a little. In my opinion, such experiences are not bad. They are just part of the experiments. It happens to everyone.
Such a test was the first in my life. 4 And despite the formal failure, I went on with my life for a whole month with earlier mornings than I had ever experienced before.
And yes, before this challenge, my earliest wake up time was 7:00 when I was still in high school about 6 years ago, and the buses were very infrequent. The old days.
What I learned from my month with the early riser... And what advice would I give you if you wanted to do this challenge again?
The experiment would have been worthless if I hadn't learned anything from it. Good thing it didn't happen. So here's what I figured out:
- A pleasant morning motivates. For the first five days, mornings were the best part of the day. Sitting on the balcony, the birds singing and the sunlight helped me get up earlier because it was nice.
- And gloomy mornings - no. And that's the reason why my goal changed on the sixth day. What's the point of getting up if it's gloomy, dark, raining outside, and cold at home even in the middle of summer? There is no desire to get up on gloomy mornings.
- Sleep is good. And especially when the sun is not going to shine from behind the clouds and even the birds are bored in the morning. Staying asleep longer is more pleasant than waking up and being sad.
- Want to get up early? Go to bed early. You will die without sleep. And I experienced this when I used to go to bed at 21:00 and fell asleep only at 22 because of neighbors sitting in the yard. If you get up at four or five in the morning, go to bed at least at 8 p.m.
- Earplugs clog your ears. And thank God, because if they didn't - there would be bad plugs. They get help from the same neighbors and family members. And believe me, even if you buy the cheapest ones for 1 euro each - they work.
- Do you have an alarm clock? Have three. Sincerely. It's easy to turn off one alarm, but turning off three is more difficult. The best alarm clock, admittedly, for me for a while was the neighbors rooster, because he does not listen to the snooze command. But can we each grow one?
- Rise and shine. That hated phrase from my childhood. Eh. However, getting up early in the morning is a must. Because otherwise it's easy to fall asleep again. Very, very, very easy.
- You need to have a friend. And I had Ignas of Debesylietis, who tried to get up at four in the morning with me. In the first days, we played a game with him that if we didn't get up, we would wake each other up with calls. It helped for the first few days, but later Ignas had to challenge his family, which was a shame.
- Fresh air is refreshing. After getting up open that fort or a window. The cold air is refreshing and prevents you from falling asleep. Bonus points if you do it after you've already made your bed so you don't want to sleep warm again.
- The rhythm of the sun is not the rhythm of the clock. And finally... Changes in the length of days are best seen when getting up early in the morning. Although in the first days the sun rose at four o'clock, but after the eleventh day, it was only around half past five. And to get up in the dark and turn on the lamp neither at one nor at fifteen and three-thirds. 6
Or at least that's the condensed version of my experience.
And have you ever tried getting up about eight hours earlier than you normally do?
...Would you like to try?
Well, not necessarily eight hours earlier. Maybe you don't sleep until midnight like I did. Then smaller changes will suffice.
But still, would you like to get up earlier? Then I suggest:
- Find your reason for getting up.
- Set your new morning time.
- Find a like-minded person or a friend.
- Use Aurims Mikalauskas's guide. 7
- Try doing this.
- And if you want, tell us how it went in the comments below.
Or, if you live in an early rhythm for a long time - share how are you doing?
I'm curious because even though this experiment of mine was partially successful, it wasn't completely successful... And if I ever want to repeat the experiment, I should learn more. 🙂
But this is how I started getting up earlier!
They're not very scientific here, are they...↩
Kayaking and the last days of the month.↩
So why get up early if you turn on the light anyway? So that you can brag on Facebook that you are a very spiritual and productive person? With artificial light, you can live at night just like I did during my undergraduate writing.↩