This One Trick Will Make It So Much Easier to Get Out of Bed in the Morning
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
Whether you're still adjusting to daylight savings, struggling with the colder weather outside, or are recovering from the sleepless nights leading up to the election, we have found a way to make getting out of bed in the morning a little bit easier.
Meet Sleep Cycle—an app that acts as an "intelligent alarm clock." It uses your smart phone's accelerometer to track your sleep patterns throughout the night ($1, itunes.com). Then, it is able to wake you softly during a light sleep phase, so you're not jarred awake while in a REM cycle.
If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, you can try adjusting the pillows in your bedroom. If you sleep on your stomach, for example, stick with a pillow that is low and flat to keep your spine in alignment. Side sleepers should use a thick, firm pillow to keep the neck in alignment and back sleepers need a medium support pillow so they don't overextend the neck.
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