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Manish- Cycle of the Cycle

Every cycle has a rhythm to it, its own cycle. When I wake from a early morning nap (midnight - 7am) I usually start out a little tired, still wanting for sleep. That inevitably passes if I get up and start engaging my brain in something trivial like washing dishes or watching a tv show. Alertness follows for anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours. Eventually it comes back down, leading me back to sleep.

The sleep has its own cycle, from lying down to mental chatter, to unknowingly falling asleep, to deep dreaming, to non-REM unconsciousness, to gentle awakening. An alarm clock can interrupt anywhere in the middle of this, dictating the flow of the next waking cycle.

With the knowing that the tired feeling will pass if I just start moving, I now feel it's much easier to get up. I avoid productive work until the tired feeling is gone and replaced with alertness.

Designing the Perfect Wake Up

On Fluent In Life

I always have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I don't mind waking up at 4 am or 5 am because once you start moving around you feel less tired. The problem that I always have is waking up. I absolutely hate the feeling of waking up, I'm sure everyone knows exactly the feeling I'm talking about. Your eyes are heavy, you feel like a rock, you start arguing with yourself, and once you do that, you're never getting out of bed. The initial resistance is what keeps me from waking up early in the morning.

Designing a "good" alarm clock is a very tricky thing. Most alarm clocks are loaded with fancy features but in the end only done one thing right (and sometimes that even goes horribly wrong); blast a sound at a certain time.

To design a proper alarm clock, one would have to look at the issue of waking up. Which isn't an easy problem to solve.

I've recently stumbled upon a fantastic iPhone alarm clock app. It's called "Wake N Shake"

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