Simulate Dawn   

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You’re not a morning person. If you were, you wouldn’t be hitting the snooze alarm so much and be late for work so many times. When you do succeed in hauling yourself upright, you wouldn’t feel quite so grumpy, and so unable to do the very things that banish grumpiness, like exercise, having a good breakfast, and looking forward to the day.   

All this could be because you’re not a morning person, or it could be because your morning doesn’t simulate dawn.   

At dawn, the world slowly wakes up. A dim light precedes the luminous blast of the sun. Sounds start off quiet before they become loud. When dawn is simulated, you are nudged gently out of deep sleep into not so deep sleep and, from there, into being awake. You get a chance to get your bearings before you arise, then, when you do, you’re ready for the day.  

Your morning doesn’t simulate dawn because you live in a good house, protected from the elements and shielded from the sun by light blocking shades. No roosters crow in your neighborhood. You can’t even hear the birds through your well insulated walls. You may also not be getting up at dawn, which, after all, changes throughout the year. You might be setting your alarm for long after dawn part of the year, and long before the other part. You might be depending on a loud alarm clock to jolt you out of sleep, rather than being soothed out of sleep by a natural process.    

There is something you can do about this. You could raise your blinds, open your windows, and let nature’s dawn wake you up, or you can buy your dawn in a box and program it to begin when you need it.  

There are currently many apps and alarm clocks available to simulate dawn for you. 

Click here to learn more.   



The Shrink’s Links: The Nap Wheel

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If you’d like to take a nap, but are not sure when, you’re probably a mother of young children or a wage slave who doesn’t have a place to hide from your boss.

If you have all the time in the world and can take a nap at any time, but are not sure what time would optimize the nap’s effect of rebooting your brain, then take the nap wheel for a spin.

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The Shrink’s Links: Sleep Time

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Today’s link from the shrink is:

Sleep Time

If you have an iPhone and ever wondered what happens when you fall asleep, then Sleep Time is the app for you. Put it under your pillow at night, and, using the phone’s accelerometer, the app will deduce your sleep cycle from your movements. When you wake up, you’ll get a display that looks something like this:


It has an alarm clock that will wake you gently out of light sleep, not jolt you from the depths. The app is free, but paying a few cents extra gives you the ability to save as many reports as you want for thorough analysis. It’ll also give you soothing sounds for dropping off.

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