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Quarantine Blog: Can’t sleep? Try getting up at sunrise.

Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2020 by for Quarantine Blog.


Sleeping in until noon everyday used to be the stuff of my dreams. As it turns out, the consequences of doing such on a daily basis are much harsher than I'd imagined. What started as a nonchalant habit of turning in at midnight and waking up at 1:00 PM quickly turned into an unbreakable cycle of eyes tearing at the blue light of my phone screen until 4:00 in the morning and waking up well past lunch time. I was groggy during the day, and inexhaustible at night. My circadian rhythm laughed in my face whenever I tried to close my eyes. I couldn't take it anymore, and I knew what had to be done. I set my alarm for 6:00 AM. I would get up so early that my body would be unable to fight the tiredness come evening. As the sky slowly paled, I fought my every instinct to hit snooze and met the sun at my window. I watched it ascend, the only person awake in my home, and started my day. I did yoga, I made dalgona coffee, I read books, I did homework, I baked cookies, I… I… I was curled fast asleep by 9:00 PM.

Alyssa Kattan (Class of 2020)