I’m sure you’ve heard that inoffensive bit of advice that you shouldn’t do waking things in bed. No reading, no playing on phones, no talking. When you wake up in the morning, get out of bed immediately. The idea is that your habits can train you not to sleep when you go to bed, as bed is now a wakeful place.

If that’s so, if those habits do train you to wake up, why am I exhausted when I’m at my computer, in my kitchen, or at work? Aren’t those places that would train me to wake up even more? Why do I lay down and feel wide awake within moments if the same habits do the exact opposite elsewhere?

I call shenanigans.

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