Routines can be mind-numbing. So why start your day with one?
Why not wake up at a different time on Monday than you do on Wednesday? It doesn’t always have to be 6:45 am. Why not 5:00 am tomorrow? And 7:30 am the next? What about getting up at 4:00 am and seeing what’s going on outside?
What about “no alarm day”, where you don’t ever leave your bed? Or “double alarm day”, where you sleep for four hours at one stretch, and then four hours at another?
These are all just suggestions, mind you. But the thrill in deviating from one’s well-worn path is worth changing your routine, even if it’s for 15 minutes at a time. As for the amount of sleep you need, that’s why naps were invented.