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posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
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Having trouble nailing petit allégro during morning company class? Try sleeping with your blinds open.
Why? A recent study from University College London found that participants were more alert after they were exposed to light during the last 30 minutes of a sleep cycle. Once awake, the group was able to complete more math problems and had faster reaction times than the group exposed to no light.
This is especially promising if you're not a natural morning person, since the study specifically tested the affects of light exposure on people who admitted to having trouble waking up in the morning. While the study used artificial light, you can test the effects yourself by leaving your blinds open at bedtime. By the time you hit the studio, your brain and body should be better able to take on complicated counts and choreography.