Get Outside First Thing
In an increasingly WFH-friendly world, it’s tempting to set your alarm for a few minutes before you start work, roll out of bed, and log onto your laptop. But it’s going to cost you. According to Stanford neurobiologist and ophthalmologist Dr. Andrew Huberman, getting sunlight (yes, actual sunlight, not the light from your phone) into your eyes first thing is the most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep (and, of course, being well-rested is key to work/life balance). If you can get outside with the sunrise, do it! The specific balance of light in the rising sun activates our neural circuits and triggers a cortisol pulse that gets our system going for the day. To put it in unscientific terms: visual exposure to sunlight first thing gives you energy and regulates your sleep (and, unfortunately for those of us who were wondering whether sticking your head out the window might suffice, actually going outside has been proven to be 50x more effective than watching the sunrise through a window). Trust us, you won’t regret it.