In Women’s Health, a writer chronicles her attempt to wake up at 7:20 am for 14 straight days.
According to Chris Winter, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Virginia and author of The Sleep Solution, it didn’t matter what time I decided to wake up every morning as long as it was consistent and allowed me to get a full night’s rest. So I settled on a 7:20 am wake-up time. That would give me enough time to take an 8 a.m. yoga class on Tuesday and Thursday (an hour later than my usual go-to), while getting me up slightly earlier the other weekdays.
I asked Winter for some tips for easy wakeups and how to quit hitting snooze. He recommended a regular bedtime, and suggested that I try some meditation or movement in the morning. So I made a few rules to make it easier.