Believe it or not, when the snooze alarm first came out, it was a luxury. Now it’s an addiction. Many of us hit snooze a ridiculous amount of times, myself included, and we know it’s bad for us, but we just want five more minutes in our cozy beds before we have to face the world.
Lately, the snooze button has been getting me into trouble. I’ve become so used to habitually hitting the snooze that I don’t even remember hitting it most days anymore. I snooze so many times that I’m dangerously close to being late to everything. I usually wake up just in time to rush through getting ready and sometimes I have to forgo certain steps in getting out the door. If you’re like me, here are some tips we should probably start following:
Don’t set your alarm clock so early.
I set my alarm clock so that I can have 45 minutes of snooze time most days. This isn’t good. It’s depriving us of much needed NREM and REM sleep. The snoozing disturbs our REM sleeps and doesn’t let us have a full NREM and REM cycle. Disturbing our sleep cycles like this is impairing our mental functioning throughout the day.
Figure out your own internal clock
One of the reasons we hit snooze all the time is lack of sleep. So we need to evaluate what our body needs in terms of sleep. Are you a night owl or a morning person? Do you need eight hours of sleep or do you get by on six? You need to evaluate your sleep habits and figure out a schedule that works for you, rather than fighting your body’s natural instincts. Once you’ve done that, set your internal clock by going to bed and, most importantly, waking up at the same time every day. Waking up at the same time everyday tells your biological system when to get up everyday.
Set your alarm clock out of reach in the morning
This forces you to get out of bed. It also helps you fall asleep without the distraction of texting and late night social media browsing. Forcing it away from us before bed will help us get to bed at a reasonable time. When you do get up to turn off your alarm, don’t get back in bed. Make your bed or drink a glass of water instead. This will help wake you up and get rid of the temptation.
Give yourself an incentive to wake up. Once you’re awake, do something enjoyable to help give your brain a boost for waking up. I love to read, so my enjoyable act would be to read a chapter before starting my day.
We all know how hard it is to wake up, especially when you have to wake up early and it’s still dark and cold out. No one wants leave their cozy bed for that but we have to. Just start with these simple tricks and maybe it’ll get easier. Just force yourself out of bed every morning when your alarm goes off and eventually it will become a habit. Good luck waking up, we’ll all need it.