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How to Train Yourself to Wake up Naturally

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No one likes the sound of their alarm in the morning. If you do, you’re a unicorn and congratulations. For the rest of us, waking up naturally sounds much better than that blaring noise, and it just might be possible to do.

According to experts, you might be able to ditch the alarm and begin waking up naturally with a little bit of practice.

Dr. Chelsie Rohrscheib, head sleep specialist and neuroscientist at sleep health company Wesper, explained sunlight helps tell your brain that it’s time to wake up. If you’ve gotten enough sleep during the night, the sunrise should be enough to wake you up.

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A wake-up light could be the secret to waking up on your own.

Of course, if you have a job or school that requires waking up before the sun, that’s not an option, but there are workarounds. You can opt for a wake-up light, a handy tool designed to mimic the sunrise in your bedroom even if the sun itself isn’t out yet. This won’t work overnight, though, and you might to incorporate other behaviors to ensure the habit takes.

Rohrscheib said you need to make sure you get at least seven to nine hours to ensure you’re well-rested, and in order to regulate your circadian rhythm, you could incorporate daily exercise, eliminate coffee in the afternoon, limit your exposure to light before bed.

If you want to give waking up on your own a shot, check out these wake-up lights that could help.

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