So, it’s time to wake up, the alarm goes off, but your bed feels comfy, you are tired, and you feel another 5 or 10 minutes will do no harm, so, you snooze. Then, another 5 minutes later, you snooze, and you keep doing it again and again until good 30 minutes have passed, if not a whole hour. Later, as you begin rushing to catch work or the kids’ school bus, you realize the harm snoozing did for you. Waking up early in the morning is mostly difficult, especially in winter. This is why so many fall for the snooze trap, so no, you are not alone in this. Here are some tips that will help you get out of the snooze habit.
Keep your alarm out of reach.
Keeping the alarm by your bed makes it easier for you to keep on pressing snooze over and over. On the other hand, if you keep the alarm at the other end of the room, will anyway force you to get out of bed to turn it off. While you’ll have to get up and move every time you want to snooze the alarm, the less likely you will repeat doing that, so you will get up faster.
Go to bed earlier.
One of the main reasons you keep snoozing the alarm is that your body didn’t get enough sleep. So, the more you keep yourself up at night, the more tired you’ll wake up in the morning and feel the need to sleep in longer. When we don’t get enough sleep we make this trick that doesn’t really work, which is for example if you need to be up by 730 am, you set the alarm for 7 am on repeated snooze to make sure it wakes you up. So, instead of fooling yourself with an earlier alarm that keeps snoozing till the time you are supposed to wake up, set a realistic alarm to get as much sleep as possible.
Wake up in sync with your sleep cycle.
A sleep cycle takes an average of 90 minutes and starts the time you fall asleep, not the time you get into bed. The best time to wake up is either in the first or last 10 minutes of your sleep cycle. On the other hand, waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle is one of the main reasons why get up tired in the morning. So, when you set the alarm do the math and make sure it is not set in the middle of a sleep cycle.