How to Train Your Body to Get Up in the Morning
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One of the hardest parts of training for 'night owl' endurance athletes is getting their shoes on and gettting out the door for their daily morning run / cycling session / swim.
In the Fast Company article 'How Circa CEO Matt Galligan Trained Himself to Wake up at 6:30 a.m. Without an Alarm Clock,' author Rebecca Greenfield reveals Galligan's secret - body clock training. Galligan set an alarm clock for his preferred wakeup time, 6:30 a.m., every morning for a solid month (including weekends) and didn't use the snooze button. After 30 days of waking up at the same time, he had trained his body that 6:30 a.m. was the time to wake up, alarm or no alarm.
Should you try this method to become a 'morning person?'
- This technique will be difficult if an athlete enjoys sleeping late on the weekends.
- I have also found that using a sleeping mask helps me to stay asleep until my alarm goes off, especially if the sun rises an hour before I want to wake up.
- I would add that an important part of this technique is the discipline to go to sleep a full 8 hours before the alarm goes off, in order to make sure to get adequate rest at night.
Read the Fast Company article here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3034180/agendas/how-circa-ceo-matt-galligan-trained-himself-to-wake-up-at-630-am-without-an-alarm-cl