How a Window Changed My Life (and 10Xed My Sleep Quality)
💡 diving into your circadian rhythm and how the sun affects it
Heyo 👋 Jordan here,
Sunday, 2:37 AM. Some noise outside of my window woke me up.
It wasn’t even a loud noise per se – probably just a cat walking about. But I still woke up. My sleep was a mess.
It was strange – I’m the sleeps-through-earthquakes guy, not the wakes-up-from-a-feather guy.
And I did a lot to “fix” my sleep:
Got a new apartment
Started taking magnesium
Reduced my blue light (even got special glasses)
Nothing was working.
I was tired of being tired all the time.
But one podcast from Andrew Huberman changed all that.
☀️ Morning Sunlight
I barely listened to the podcast – I barely skimmed through it to see if it was any good.
But one part caught my attention. Andrew talked about how viewing sunlight in the morning can have a massive effect on your circadian rhythm.
And then it dawned on me. (hehe 😆)
The most annoying thing about my old apartment was that all of the windows were facing east.
Every single morning, I got blasted with a ton of sunlight. I, being more bat than human and working (or gaming) ‘till 4-5 AM, didn’t appreciate the blast of sunlight through my eyelids every morning disturbing my sleep.
But I couldn’t be more wrong.
That morning sunlight was the reason for my good sleep.
(ironically filled with tons of blue light that I thought was just “evil”; wrong again)
⏰ The Perfect Morning Routine
My mornings are typically quite simple:
Get out of bed to turn off the alarm. That sits far enough so I have to stand up to turn it off (it’s the best anti-snooze measure).
Do my stuff in the bathroom. Asta 🐶 joins me – he refuses to do the clean-up after for some reason – something about opposing thumbs.
I grab a red bull zero from the fridge and get to work.
(I open that after an hour or so)
It’s an effective strategy for me, but it lacks any sunlight whatsoever.
So, the simple adjustment I made:
This, by itself, 10Xed my sleep.
And it works so well.
Your biggest fan,
PS: If you don’t wake up at entrepreneur o’clock – it’s almost as effective to watch the sun later. I’ve tested it.
💡 Idea of the Week
Positive thinking is not about being delusional. It's about learning how to take control of internal processing and knowing it'll shape your external environment.
⚙️ Tools, Apps, 'n' Gadgets
Here are today's picks:
Waymark — Yet another AI video platform. This one has way better pacing, so there’s a lot more potential. It’s too expensive for individual users, though (but shows a great step in the right direction).
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🔦 Creator Spotlight
After that podcast, I’m an Andrew Huberman fan. It’s rare to have so well-researched and so many new & valuable ideas. He is more than worth a follow:
📰 Last Week with Jordan
How to get started with video (no, don’t buy that fancy camera yet):
How to shoot a good unscripted video (even if you haven't touched a camera before):
— Jordan Parker 🚀 | Here to help! (@JordanDParker_)
Feb 17, 2023
How do habits work (this is vital if you want to speed up your personal growth):
Note: I’m posting fewer shorts now, because I’m spending 5x more time on each. They’re still not as good as I want them to be, but the process will allow me to level up my editing in the long run.
That was it for today. Have a great week and I'll see you next Sunday!
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