February 20, 2011

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Waking up: looking at my data

Whenever I manage to wake up early a few days in a row, I feel great about it. But I don’t do it consistently. I spend a couple of days waking up before 6 AM and enjoying a good spurt of writing, and then I find myself slipping back into later bedtimes and later wake-up times (~ 7 AM) or hitting the snooze. Clearly there are some things I still need to tweak about my system.

Time-tracking means I’ve got a way to see what my current sleep patterns are like:

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  • Average sleep length when waking up before 6 AM: 7:09
  • Average sleep length when waking up after 6 AM: 8:47
  • Average sleep time for wake-up times before 6 AM: 9:45 PM, which is a bit of a stretch but is doable.

Here are the questions I’m thinking about:

  • Is it a matter of getting to bed earlier?
  • Would it help to disable snooze entirely?
  • Is it a matter of setting my alarm clock even earlier? (Ex: Set it for 4 AM so that I eventually get out of bed at 5 AM.)
  • Would it help to set our programmable thermostat warmer in the morning, or promise myself a hot cup of tea when I get up?
  • Would it help to set my snooze interval to 5 minutes instead of 10?
  • How about if I find a way to turn my Android into a light clock? (Using Tasker to bring up a bright app, maybe…)
  • What if I give up on waking up early and instead shift to more of a night owl schedule? Advantage: can sync up with W-. I’ll need to figure out how to give my personal pursuits the creative energy they need, though.

Hmm. More things to hack…