Morning Light and Better Sleep

Song Cato, a friend of mine in Taiwan, writes:

I was very surprised that the quality of my sleep greatly improved after I switched to waking up at 5:30 am and walking in the park soon after that. I started it about a month ago. The park is packed with people doing everything from tai chi to ballroom dancing. I used to go to bed at 1 or 2 am. and wake up between 7 and 8:30 am with a foggy head. Now sometimes I feel tired and go to sleep at 10 pm which has never happened in my life since I went to middle school.

She got the idea from me. I go outside around 7 am every morning and fall asleep between 11 pm and midnight.

More. She gets up at about 5:15 am and gets outside about 5:30. She stays outside for at least 2.5 hours, mostly in the park, where she walks, talks to vendors, shops a little, and does simple stretching exercises. Talking to vendors = very good!

2 Responses to “Morning Light and Better Sleep”

  1. hp Says:

    Hi seth, question on morning sunlight. I have to be to work before sunrise, but i can, if i choose work with the sun shining directly on me through a glass window in the morning. Do you think this would this give me the same benefit as direct sunlight outside, (it’s a standard house window, no special properties to it)

  2. Shawn Says:

    They key is to get up around sunrise while maintaining an adequate amount of sleep (I checked the charts and sunrise in Taipei in June is around 5 am). It has helped me immeasurably. I get a sense of overall well-being, and lack the foggy-headed tiredness that has dogged me like a black cloud over my head.