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Once you have blacked out your windows, how do you get up?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 08, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Following on Melissa's question here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/9771/how-do-you-blackout-your-windows-to-sleep-better

for those of you who have successfully blacked out your bedroom, how do you get up? I have installed heavy curtains that do a pretty good job of blocking out the light, and my sleep has improved, but problem is that I am still a bit more groggy in the morning that I would prefer to be.

I think if I had a device that would draw the curtains back at around sunrise that would work well -- but I don't think those exist (or would be expensive).

Any thoughts?

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:06 AM

My curtains block the dimmer light of nighttime and let in enough daytime light to gently wake me up.

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on September 09, 2010
at 06:11 AM

Too funny @Fearsclave!

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on September 09, 2010
at 06:10 AM

I guess it may be a soothing kind of natural white noise.

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on September 09, 2010
at 05:50 AM

Interesting that you mention rain. I also sleep best during rain.

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on September 08, 2010
at 08:12 PM

There are obviously complications that arise for people who live in extreme latitudes in regards to daylight duration. "Going to bed earlier" won't help somebody who lives in Alaska or Iceland.

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on September 08, 2010
at 07:57 PM

go to bed earlier! if you are having trouble waking up, you are probably not getting enough sleep..

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on September 08, 2010
at 06:35 PM

http://www.intelli-blinds.co.uk/timer.html

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 08, 2010
at 06:33 PM

I have this idea to build robotic shades on a timer. I might even take an electronics class so I can do this.

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on September 08, 2010
at 05:08 PM

there are orange leds that show the time, but they are adjustable in intensity, so that is ok.

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on September 08, 2010
at 02:14 PM

Never mind, I see them now on Amazon!

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on September 08, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Hm... is the clock otherwise completely dark, or does it emit (blue spectrum) light? I suppose I could just cover up the lit portion if I need to.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on September 08, 2010
at 10:45 AM

This article states that the pineal gland starts secreting melatonin at ca. 9 P.M. It makes sense that going to bed early enough, in order to be asleep by 9 P.M. would help ensure enough rest to get up early.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23052850/ns/health-behavior/

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on September 08, 2010
at 08:56 AM

I have such a simulated dawn alarm clock, and it works quite well. In summer there's no need for it, but in the winter it is a nice way to wake up. I know a young girl that was very grumpy every morning, but since her mother bought one of these clocks, she feels much better.

related paleohacks thread here

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on September 08, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Hm... is the clock otherwise completely dark, or does it emit (blue spectrum) light? I suppose I could just cover up the lit portion if I need to.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 08, 2010
at 05:08 PM

there are orange leds that show the time, but they are adjustable in intensity, so that is ok.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on September 08, 2010
at 02:14 PM

Never mind, I see them now on Amazon!

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on September 08, 2010
at 08:16 AM

I will sleep for till noon in a blacked out room and find it very hard to wake up.

Dawn simulating alarm clocks like these are one possibility. They produce a gradually increasing light to mimic the sunrise in your room.

There are a few different brands. I use to have one years ago that seemed to work well, my current room cannot be blacked out though so I use a facemask. Here is some more information from Wikipedia.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 08, 2010
at 07:58 AM

The simplest way is to use a mask and just take it off in the morning when you need to p anyway! As far as the premise that your skin is also sensitive to light, use covers.

Some of my best sleep occurs during a pounding rainstorm. I'm pretty sure my instincts just convince me that there is no point getting up and functioning in that kind of weather anyway.

As far as a device that automatically draws the curtains back in the early morning, just marry a partner that is a morning person!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on September 09, 2010
at 05:50 AM

Interesting that you mention rain. I also sleep best during rain.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 09, 2010
at 06:10 AM

I guess it may be a soothing kind of natural white noise.

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on September 08, 2010
at 11:01 PM

use a blue light or get out into the sunlight in the morning to reset one's circadian rhythm. I have a "Apollo goLite blu" which I bought on Dr. Briffa's recommendation. I like it. 15 minutes of blue light works to reset my cycle.

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on September 08, 2010
at 10:55 PM

A great Paleo alternative would be a computer alarm set to play a very loud bear growl or lion roar...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 09, 2010
at 06:11 AM

Too funny @Fearsclave!

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on September 08, 2010
at 06:47 PM

I have a dawn simulator also and just using one lamp or bulb doesn't seem to be enough. I have it hooked up to two lamps and that seems to work but you could increase it to whatever you need using a power strip.

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on September 08, 2010
at 10:19 AM

I wish I had this problem....my alarm goes off at 5am every day, or my kids run into my room yelling. So short answer to your question is probably "loud noise"!

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on September 08, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Naphtali, did you perchance work for an organization that helps homeless kids? Because I went to an orientation for said organization, and got several emails from someone with your (rare?) name.

Also, I bought a "SleepTracker" watch a few years ago that uses actigraphy to wake you up at the end of sleep cycles. This is an expensive and mildly accurate way to better regulate your sleep cycle, so that eventually you might fall into a more natural pattern regardless of light.

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