As I mentioned, previously, I am in the midst of a sleep experiment so I can get more out of my day.
No ice baths for me, rather I invested in a Sleeptracker. It is a watch, alarm and a device that tracks how many times in a night you are in a "nearly -awake" moment. "REM (rapid eye movement sleep" occurs when you are in the deepest of sleeps. These periods are the most regenerative.
There is a theory that there are more REM sleeps before midnight than after it. So for 3 weeks I have been going nye nye at 8.30 - 9pm (No more Gossip Girls and Dirty Sexy Money - bummer...) and setting my watch for 4am. So I am averaging 7 hours of sleep. I was doing 7 hours in 2007 but they were the wrong 7 as they started at 11 pm.
The Sleeptracker's alarm clock works by waking you up within 10, 20 or 30 minutes of your desired wake up time. It records your nearly awake moments and goes off at one of those times rather than while you are in deep REM.
And blow me down, it actually works. Last night I had nearly awake moments at the following times. There were four before midnight and 7 after midnight.
I set it to go off at 4am but it woke me at 3.38. I have never felt better. The average number of minutes between nearly awake moments has increased from 12 minutes to a new world record last night of 33 minutes.
And if you don't believe me, watch Dr Phil: