Morning Light and Better Sleep

Song Cato, a friend of mine in Taiwan, writes:

I was very surprised that the quality of my sleep greatly improved after I switched to waking up at 5:30 am and walking in the park soon after that. I started it about a month ago. The park is packed with people doing everything from tai chi to ballroom dancing. I used to go to bed at 1 or 2 am. and wake up between 7 and 8:30 am with a foggy head. Now sometimes I feel tired and go to sleep at 10 pm which has never happened in my life since I went to middle school.

She got the idea from me. I go outside around 7 am every morning and fall asleep between 11 pm and midnight.

More. She gets up at about 5:15 am and gets outside about 5:30. She stays outside for at least 2.5 hours, mostly in the park, where she walks, talks to vendors, shops a little, and does simple stretching exercises. Talking to vendors = very good!

2 Replies to “Morning Light and Better Sleep”

  1. Hi seth, question on morning sunlight. I have to be to work before sunrise, but i can, if i choose work with the sun shining directly on me through a glass window in the morning. Do you think this would this give me the same benefit as direct sunlight outside, (it’s a standard house window, no special properties to it)

  2. They key is to get up around sunrise while maintaining an adequate amount of sleep (I checked the charts and sunrise in Taipei in June is around 5 am). It has helped me immeasurably. I get a sense of overall well-being, and lack the foggy-headed tiredness that has dogged me like a black cloud over my head.

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