Ordering Your Private World, Pt. 2

January 8, 2006

How much sleep do you need? MacDonald shares this insight:

After reading an article by a specialist on the subject of sleep, I began to experiment to find out how much sleep I needed. The writer suggested that one can determine his sleep requirements by setting his alarm for a certain hour and rising at that time for three mornings in a row. Then the alarm should be set ten minutes earlier for the next three days. By so continuing in three-day increments, setting the alarm back ten minutes in each period, one will finally come to a natural fatigue point, where throughout the following day he does not feel properly rested. I tried it, found I could rise much earlier than I had thought, and it added almost two full hours–valuable hours–to my day. (Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald, pg. 85)

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One Response to “Ordering Your Private World, Pt. 2”

  1. Victoria Mabry said

    I find it really difficult to get up in the mornings, no matter what time I wake up. But, I seem to get by okay during the day on a lot or a little sleep…I don’t really know HOW little, though. Does he give any help for those of us who are just really difficult to rouse?

    That reminds me of an article I read about a “pet” alarm clock. It’s a fuzzy little thing on wheels. If you hit the snooze, it rolls off the nightstand and is somewhere else in the room the next time the alarm goes off…so you have to get out of the bed to turn it off!!!

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