Yesterday I posted a fairly comprehensive article about insomnia here . I have mentioned previously that this has been an ongoing issue for me for quite a long time. But, lets grab the bull by the horns and do something about it. Within the article, they mention melatonin, which is a natural hormone usually produced by the body at night which helps lull you to sleep, so I went out and got a bottle and after my swim last night, I took a gram of the melatonin.
I also darkened my room because I have read in other places that the artificial lights have a preventative effect on the melatonin hormone being produced.
So two nights ago, I got to sleep at 6 or 7 am, oh boy and that is why yesterday was so tough.
But I am happy to say that last night, it was 1am and I was able to sleep till 9, and today is going alot better.
Now initially, I was just writing this post as an update to implementing two suggestions from the insomnia article which did help. But as I have been exploring the challenge of getting more sleep, I discovered that waking up early has been a recommended great habit for thousands of years. And it seems appropriate to inaugurate this new category of great habits with waking up! Is it better to wake up at 8am , 11am or by dawn? There certainly seems to be alot of accumulated human wisdom that the earlier, the better. I have been pretty surprised by the extent to which this practice has been discussed.
The philosopher Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) said, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”
Do you know who said the following?
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
He also said:
“The early morning has gold in its mouth.”
Ben Franklin thought this was so significant that he actually wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty
If you want to read this book written in 1855 yourself, just get a copy with this link below. Google has already scanned it in, thanks!
In this treatise, Ben Franklin enumerates many benefits to rising early. He also makes several suggestions for how to achieve this habit in practice. One of them is to take a light supper. He advises having dinner about six in the evening and hitting the sack about ten. Do you know anyone who does this? I cannot say that I know anyone who does, nor can I recall many times when I have, in fact I know I have done pretty much the opposite!
Usually breakfast is passed by because of getting up too late, then lunch is in a hurry and it is dinner where we can finally sit down and have a more relaxing meal. That usually extends to past eight or nine for most people who are commuting, so if we get to sleep by midnight or 1am, it is an early night.
I know this all depends on the environment and your work schedule, but I have to say that I am pretty fascinated by this whole concept and eager to attempt to implement it.
He writes “How sadly mistaken too, are those who think, that in our march of civilization, we have done well in wresting from the night some of those hours, which our forefathers had learnt from nature are best suited for repose.”
That would turn life in New York City on it’s head, no? Sometimes, people do not even begin the day until midnight. And speaking for myself, I know many times, I find that after midnight it is quietest and easier to concentrate at that time.
How is it possible to wake up before dawn? Now this is a challenge, and if the early morning has gold in it’s mouth, plus the concept of early day habits has been around since Aristotle, this is certainly a habit worth looking into.
I had no clue, but apparently this concept has been around a long time and I want to explore it further, but in any case, today has been way more productive.