#HackYourMorning No. 7: Natural Light Is Your Friend
Our bodies are made to run by a solar clock- it's how we know when it's daylight and night time. And there are things that we do that go against the natural cycles of life that affect how we rise in the morning. And I think that it's something that we've all done at one point or another- drawn the curtains or blinds to make it as dark as possible. And this is a big no-no when trying to maximize our morning.
Our circadian rhythms are the internal clock that our bodies run on. And while these are held internally, they can be manipulated by outside factors such as light, darkness, and temperature. An easy thing to do to help you get up and feel rested in the morning is to fall asleep with the blinds or curtains at least half way open. That way, when the sun rises, you can wake more naturally. It really works, and for those that like to get up early, it works much better in the winter months when daylight savings time is in effect because the sun comes up so much earlier.
There are artificial ways to do this also. One way is with an alarm clock that mimics the sunrise. Generally, these will illuminate slowly and will provide just enough light to make your body think that the sun is rising. Philips makes a highly rated model that won't set you back a ton of money if you want to give this method a try. Check out the direct Amazon link below!