Setting one’s alarm an hour or two earlier to run, meditate, read or even cook is a trend that is attracting many followers in France, also known as “morningophiles.” Recommended by Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning, this lifestyle, which started in the United States, extols the virtues of waking up very early in the morning, as a source of well-being and productivity.
Are there health benefits involved? Are we all equal when it comes to sleep? What are the risks associated with lack of sleep? Can we do anything about our internal clock?
Such are the questions that are often asked of Joëlle Adrien, neurobiologist and Inserm Research Director, in the Sleep and Alertness Management Workshops that she runs at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Paris. In her book Mieux Dormir et Vaincre l’Insomnie (Sleep Better and Overcome Insomnia), she explains the mechanisms of sleep (the ideal duration, the biological clock), explores the various sleep disorders and their remedies, and offers advice to improve the quality of sleep.