Imagine there was one simple secret to getting the sleep that you so desperately need. According to neurologist and sleep medicine specialist W Chris Winter, MD, there is - it's getting your alarm clock for the same time every day.
In his new book, Dr Winter explains that sticking to the same wake-up time - no matter how late you've gone to bed the night before - will eventually train your brain to switch off at a consistent time, too. Read on for more…
The simple secret to achieving your best sleep? Pick a wake up time and stick to it!
Dr Winter says that if you’re asked what time you wake up in the morning, your answer should be one simple time. “If your answer to that question is, ‘I get up at 6:45am and usually go to the gym or run outside’, you get a gold star,” he says.
However, Dr Winter says you probably have sleep
problems if your answer is something like this: “I usually go to bed at 11:00pm except on weekends when I go out with my friends and we stay out until 2:00am or 3:00am easily. I’ll usually get up around noon – no later than 2:00pm on those days. On Tuesdays I try go to bed early, like 9:00pm because on Wednesday I have to get up early for this boot camp exercise
class. On those days, I go out to my car at lunch and sleep for 45 minutes.”
Or this: “I feel pretty beat by the end of the week and often fall asleep early in the evening. If I do, I struggle to fall asleep early in the evening. If I do, I struggle to stay asleep and often have trouble falling asleep later. It’s really hard to get up for work on Monday – I’m often late. Every now and then, no more than once a month, I’ll use a sick day and stay home from work so I can sleep all day.”
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As I took my seat on the plane, nervous about the 14-hour flight to Tokyo ahead of me… I opened the bottle, took two and tried to relax.
I hardly had to try. My worries washed away, I sunk into a deep sleep, only waking a few times and then easily falling back into my slumber. And when I arrived I felt refreshed, peaceful, and focused.
What IS this!? This mysterious breakthrough is unlike anything I’ve seen in over 20 years of natural research.
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The problem is that people with sleep problems struggle to stick to a bedtime
Dr Winter explains that sleep times vary wildly among people who suffer from sleep problems like insomnia, obtrusive sleep apnea, sleepwalking, night terror, narcolepsy or restless legs syndrome. Unfortunately, these people don’t seem to recognise that this unsystematic lifestyle is a big part of their problem. Strangely, most of them see it as working toward a solution.
On the other hand, people without sleep problems are in full control of their sleep schedule. “No matter what happens in their lives, they’re up at 6:00am and soon after in the gum getting their BodyPump class on,” Dr Winter explains. “These individuals are dogs who wag their tails – the dog is in control and it wags its tails. Other individuals get up and exercise
if their evening goes perfectly to plan, but if their sleep is problematic one night, their schedule goes down the tubes. If it takes them an hour or two longer than normal to fall asleep, they ditch their exercise plans and sleep in,” he adds.
Dr Winter concludes that your wake time shouldn’t depend on your sleep quality – or, in other words, your sleep successes or failures.