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"There’s a paper bird in my heart…

 all of my own making.

A tiny bird caught… her wings creased, 

and she cannot fly.

One of these days I’ll unlock the cage… soothe her wings, 

and we’ll rise in the sky together."

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First moment, a memory


   First moment of everyday, or first moment of waking-up, I called it a memory*. That is a choice, my choice based on my experience, it is also a choice based on research - not only from its references, but so much more. This blog is not proposing a debate on its topic, but rather aims to prompt a (self) reflection. 


What is your first awake moment like? Is it similar every day? If so, why would that be? 


Most articles in below list are free to access, some have a shareable link next to its reference. Hope it helps!





Aston-Jones, G. (2005) “Brain structures and receptors involved in alertness,” Sleep Medicine, 6. Available at:


Day, M. (2019.) "The meaning of space: Sleep and functional well-being", Counselling Directory. Available at:

 (Accessed: March 24, 2023).


Ellington, D. (....) There's a paper bird in my heart... all of my own..., Darcy Ellington. Tumblr. Available at: (Accessed: March 24, 2023).


Ehlers, C.L. et al. (1998) “The Pittsburgh Study of normal sleep in young adults: Focus on the relationship between waking and sleeping EEG spectral patterns,” Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 106(3), pp. 199–205. Available at:


Goldman-Schuyler, K. et al. (2016) “‘Moments of waking up": A doorway to mindfulness and presence,” Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(1), pp. 86–100. Available at: - free article


Making peace with the first moment of the day (2017) Available at: (Accessed: March 24, 2023).


Sanders, R. (2022) Scientists discover secret to waking up alert and refreshed, Berkeley News. Available at: (Accessed: March 24, 2023). .  


Special issue: Memory and desire - reading Freud (2006) BPS. The British Psychological Society. Available at: March 24, 2023). 


Tahmasian, M. et al. (2020) “The interrelation of sleep and mental and physical health is anchored in grey-matter neuroanatomy and under genetic control,” Communications Biology, 3(1). Available at: 


University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. (2022, July 14). "Stress transmitter wakes your brain more than 100 times a night -- and it is perfectly normal." ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2023 from


Vallat, R., Berry, S.E., Tsereteli, N. et al. "How people wake up is associated with previous night’s sleep together with physical activity and food intake". Nature Communications. 13, 7116 (2022). (share link: Provided by the Springer Nature SharedIt content-sharing initiative )














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