In the last two years, I have gotten married, inherited two preteen stepsons, had a baby, lost my beloved dog, moved three times, and changed jobs. Twice.
My average sleep length was a disrupted six hours. I was 25 pounds over my regular weight, had bags under my eyes and a very short fuse for something as small as a messy kitchen. I had to change something.
I started a regular exercise routine to become naturally tired in the evening, started reading in bed rather than watching TV, and changed my diet. All of these changes helped me find the eight hours of sleep that my body and mind craved. These days, you will now find me lightly snoring by 10 p.m., at the latest, every night.
But now that I have begun to master the art of sleeping, why would I keep disrupting it every morning with that nasty buzz of my alarm clock and a wave of stressful to-do's crashing over me the instant I open my eyes? It just didn't make sense after all of the training I went through to create a harmonious night of sleep.
After teaching yoga and leading yoga retreats for 20 years, I decided that I could fix this. I knew exactly what to do. Here is the wake-up routine that has changed my life: