Surfing on Delta Waves

After years of struggling with getting up early, I finally figured it out. It’s been since University that I admired people who know how to get up early and get their stuff done before others slowly move out of their sheets and start rushing, because they’re late again. I often happened to be on the other extreme and was only able to get moving after ten o’clock.

There’s one of Arnie’s famous Rules of Success, which says “SLEEP FASTER” and I blame it to subconsciously help me to set up my habit! But in fact, there’s one practical ingredient to success in getting up early, which I’m going to share with you now.

Set your alarm clock to fixed amount of hours of sleep every night and make it a multiplier of 1.5 hours. Your life has just changed forever ;)

Example: instead of having an alarm clock set to 7am every morning, regardless of when you climb into bed, simply go to sleep whenever you feel like and set the alarm clock to T + n * 1.5 hours.

The 1.5 hours multiplier is important because of something called Delta Waves. I don’t know exactly how these waves work, but practically waking up after 6 hours is way easier than after 6.5 hours; it is way easier after 7.5 hours of sleep (in my case) than after 8 hours etc. Give it a try. It’s a magic. Oh wait, actually it’s not magic, it’s nature that works here.

If you want to get the most out of your new habit, consider:

  • sleeping uninterrupted (get dark silent room and comfy bed)
  • go to the bed tired (if you’re not tired, consider sport, sex, work, reading, etc. in the late afternoon)
  • start moving immediately after getting up, instead of thinking whether to go back to blankets or not

Whether you do six or seven and half, or nine, is correlated to your age and you should give your body what it needs in each period of life. Children need to sleep a lot, most students would probably need nine hours every day. Young adults generally do best with 7.5 hours and from a certain age people need even less sleep.

I don’t know why most of the articles around the internet recommend the tactics of gradually cutting one’s length of sleep by a few minutes every couple of days or weeks, in order to get to a desired length of sleep. Does it work for anyone?

Get your body & mind tired (as Arnold says “hard hard work...”) and when you go to bed, fix your alarm clock properly (remember T + n * 1.5 hours), think about what you’re going to do after you wake up the next day and enjoy your good night's sleep.

UPDATE: If the formula is too much for you, just use Sleepyti.me!