How Ditching My Alarm Clock Took 1 Inch Off My Waist in Only 1 Week

So my sleep experiment was very successful — nearly no change in my diet or my physical activity, yet, ditching the alarm clock, yielded 1 inch off my waist, 3 pounds lighter, and a body fat reduction of 1.35%, all in just 1 week. This finally allowed me to break through my 2 week plateau. I was surprised since my carb intake on average has been a bit high, around 247g a day, with a few meals containing bread, pasta, and a couple of nights of very rich desserts. I will definitely no longer be using the alarm clock now, only as a last minute wake up call for really long sleep, which should be rare. I say rare since I changed my schedule to assume 10.5 hours of sleep a night, 7 days a week, so I can awaken without alarm and be fully rested every 24 hour period. When I only need 9 hours, my average so far, I get time in the morning before work to read, study, or work on personally meaningful projects — it feels nice to not ever feel rushed in the morning, or groggy. On my really demanding / exhausting workout days, I easily use the full 10-10.5 hours of sleep.

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3 comments on “How Ditching My Alarm Clock Took 1 Inch Off My Waist in Only 1 Week
  1. imkilo says:

    @_billyjf so how is this accomplished? Going to bed at like 9pm, or not getting up till 10am? How long did it take your body to get used to this?

    • Billy says:

      You are exactly right — I stop watching TV or activities around 9 pm as the goal 80% of the time for 24 days out of every month. I use a range system to where no less than 8 hours are allowed 80% of the time for sleep, so I count backwards: 8 hours from 6:30 is 10:30 — this has now become the latest I stay up until. For really tiring days, or when I am sick, I go to bed at 9 and then it is like I just slept in all day, but my body gets up at 6:30 still! It is awesome! It makes the weekends feel especially longer as well since 10 am is usually the latest I can sleep in till. I should also add that leaving the bedroom shades down the night before helps A TON in allowing myself to get up before the alarm. My alarm is really the last warning before not having enough time to make it to work on time, but I rarely hear it anymore, thanks to my new rhythm, using the morning sunlight to wake up to, instead of the annoying alarm.

      It took my body a month initially, but didn’t become a habit, until 2 months in. The last 2 weeks have been amazing! My body now wakes up at 6:30 every morning before my alarm! I now rise with the sun, even on weekends!

  2. billyjfisher says:

    You are exactly right — I stop watching TV or activities around 9 pm as the goal 80% of the time for 24 days out of every month. I use a range system to where no less than 8 hours are allowed 80% of the time for sleep, so I count backwards: 8 hours from 6:30 is 10:30 — this has now become the latest I stay up until. For really tiring days, or when I am sick, I go to bed at 9 and then it is like I just slept in all day, but my body gets up at 6:30 still! It is awesome! It makes the weekends feel especially longer as well since 10 am is usually the latest I can sleep in till. I should also add that leaving the bedroom shades down the night before helps A TON in allowing myself to get up before the alarm. My alarm is really the last warning before not having enough time to make it to work on time, but I rarely hear it anymore, thanks to my new rhythm, using the morning sunlight to wake up to, instead of the annoying alarm.
    It took my body a month initially, but didn’t become a habit, until 2 months in. The last 2 weeks have been amazing! My body now wakes up at 6:30 every morning before my alarm! I now rise with the sun, even on weekends!

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