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Good morning. This is Laura.

Welcome to do before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to get a real alarm clock. This one little change can help set you up for all sorts of better habits.

If you're like most modern sorts, you probably use your smartphone as your alarm clock. It's easy to set and let's face it. You always have your phone with you.

But most of us also know that maybe we should spend a bit less time on our phones and here's the issue using your smartphone as your alarm clock means you are welcome in your phone with all of its functions into your bedroom.

It's easy to Surf social media or headlines or check work email right before bed. You know, it would be better to read and relax but there's your phone or you might get jostled out of sleep by an errant text or feel like checking email. If you're up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. All of these can interfere with sleep either directly or by inviting anxious thoughts into your brain and all of this can be stopped with a simple switch using a real alarm clock a real dumb traditional alarm clock says the time it will wake you up when you want to get up but it won't tempt you to stay awake for an extra 45 minutes as you're looking at photos of perfectly organized pantries get a real alarm clock and you'll get more sleep.

Now, I realize that some people really want their phones in the rooms and maybe you worry that if you have to leave the house suddenly, you won't be able to find your phone not get it fine enough. But if you are going to use your phone as an alarm clock promised me a few things first, you'll put it in Airplane Mode 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. You can still use your e-reader app to read books. But no more surfing second. You put it somewhere at least a few feet away from your bed. That way it's not right there tempting you as you try to fall asleep or if you happen to wake up for a bit.

And finally keep it in Airplane mode all night. No texts or calls. No web surfing capability unless you make a conscious choice to check such things you can if you feel you absolutely need to but doing so requires an active Choice most likely you won't bother or you'll decide that a regular old alarm clock might work for you. After all. We have our phones all day long taking the nights off seems like a reasonable compromise.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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