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  • How to sleep in total darkness and wake up to the sun

    I've been trying to sleep in total darkness, but the problem is that when I do this then I also wake up in total darkness as well. If I close my blinds all the way to block out the lights from outside, then I don't get naturally woken up in the morning by the gradual sun rise. That causes me to often sleep longer and wake up feeling groggy and not very refreshed. So I've been keeping my blinds partly open at night because of this and not sleeping in total darkness. How do you all handle this?

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    Sadly I think the only ways you could do it are to move out to the country or install some kind of fancy automated blackout shades in your windows. As a college student with depression, it has become really important for me to wake up early and as energized as possible, so I leave my blinds open even though there's a kind of bright light a few meters away from my window.

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    • #3
      I have curtains in my windows that dull the light, but it's still light enough in my room that I can see the outlines of everything in it. I just close my eyes, face away from the window, and that's my darkness.

      I, too, like being woken up by the gradual lightening in my room (during the longer days), though it doesn't explain why I now wake up twenty minutes before the outside light begins to change...? But I'll wake up and "know" that it's about 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off, at 7:20. (Only recently have I been waking up to my alarm, but I think it's because I'm not getting to bed before midnight, due to 16yod choosing THAT time to talk. )

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      • #4
        I've thought about this a lot lately. Even thought about making some sort of automated curtains as mentioned previously.
        Last edited by Bosnic; 10-30-2011, 10:03 PM.

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        • #5
          You can get an inexpensive timer to plug a lamp into. Just set the timer to turn the light on automatically around the time you want to wake up. I do this and it's a tremendous help, especially in the winter time when the days are ridiculously short.

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          • #6
            I have been using a Sunrise Simulator lamp for years, before primal even, but then I like gadgets.
            Last edited by springnr; 10-31-2011, 04:54 PM.

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            • #7
              You could hire a butler (or pay a housemate/family member) to open the curtains for you at a certain hour.

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              • #8
                I bought an alarm clock with a built in lamp which gradually starts brightening 15 minutes before the alarm goes off. The idea is that the light actually wakes you gradually before the alarm goes off. I found it absolutely invaluable last year. If you look on Amazon there are several versions for sale. Or google for daylight simulator alarm clocks & you'll find them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LolaLola View Post
                  I bought an alarm clock with a built in lamp which gradually starts brightening 15 minutes before the alarm goes off. The idea is that the light actually wakes you gradually before the alarm goes off. I found it absolutely invaluable last year. If you look on Amazon there are several versions for sale. Or google for daylight simulator alarm clocks & you'll find them.
                  Yeah these things are great. I use one of these: Amazon.com: Philips Hf3485 Wake-up Light Plus, White: Health & Personal Care but there are plenty of varieties around.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LolaLola View Post
                    I bought an alarm clock with a built in lamp which gradually starts brightening 15 minutes before the alarm goes off. The idea is that the light actually wakes you gradually before the alarm goes off. I found it absolutely invaluable last year. If you look on Amazon there are several versions for sale. Or google for daylight simulator alarm clocks & you'll find them.
                    I have used something similar for years and it has made all the difference in my alertness in the morning.
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                    • #11
                      I bought an expensive gradual light alarm and it broke after a year and it made me MAD! Tho' it worked super well when it worked! Saw that LLBean has an alarm that lights up for around $20.... was gonna invest in one of those.... or set a lamp or something to a timer... if you had it in another room vs. right next to your head, it would seem gradual vs. omg blaring light in your face all of a sudden!
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                      • #12
                        Hmmm... that makes me want to get a light with timer as well. During winter the days are so short here (only 5-6 hours of light), that there is no way to wake with the sun.
                        Character is defined by what you do when no one else is looking.

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                        • #13
                          I have a Bodyclock (sunrise light) which I love, but even then, if I have have blackout curtains up, I feel like I'm waking at the crack of dawn in midwinter when I wake, not my favourite feeling.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                            You could hire a butler (or pay a housemate/family member) to open the curtains for you at a certain hour.
                            Or you can just get a cat. Mine are pretty good about waking me up as soon as the sun's up.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by weird fish View Post
                              Sadly I think the only ways you could do it are to move out to the country or install some kind of fancy automated blackout shades in your windows.
                              I am actually thinking of building myself just such a contraption. Haven't done it yet, though.
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