Weekday mornings come around, and the all-too familiar jolt caused by your alarm clock wakes you up earlier than you would like to be awake. You can feel unmotivated to leave your comfortable mattress and cozy pillow, and it's easy to hit the snooze button and roll over for a couple more minutes, but then five minutes progress to ten minutes, ten minutes to twenty, and when you finally roll out of bed, you find yourself wondering why you even bother to set an alarm! The sound of an alarm in the morning is often dreaded, and many succumb to the temptation of hitting the snooze button and enjoying a few more precious minutes in bed.
Experts contend that resorting to the snooze button after a poor night's sleep could actually make you more tired, beacause it confuses your body clock. That means that if you doze for a few minutes after waking up, you will in fact feel more tired after your short snooze than if you had gotten out of bed when your alarm clock initially went off.
So, you know it's not really the greatest idea to hit the snooze button, and experts agree. But for many people, hitting the snooze button has become a habit, and their snooze button-hitting reflexes engage automatically as soon as they hear their alarm. If you're one of these people, here are some tips to help you avoid using your snooze button, so that you can enjoy a more energized morning:
- Keep your alarm out of reach. If you can't reach your alarm from your bed, then that forces you to get out of bed to turn it off! For this to work, you can't have your alarm set to something soft. The more annoying the sound is to you, the more motivating it will be for you to jump up and turn it off as soon as you can!
- Heat things up in the bedroom. Literally! When your room is too cold, especially in winter, it makes it a lot easier to stay snuggled under the warmth and coziness of your blankets. If your room is warmer, that gives you one less excuse to stay in bed.
- Try a sleep cycle alarm clock. A sleep cycle alarm clock analyzes your sleeping patterns and wakes you up when you're experiencing your lightest phase of sleep. This reduces the possibility of waking up from a deep sleep, which can negatively affect your energy during the day, even if got enough hours of sleep.
- Open your blinds when you go to bed. Natural light is the best way to wake up. Open your blinds or curtains a little bit before you go to bed so the sunlight will be able to filter into your bedroom in the morning. This isn't recommended if you live on a busy street, though, because the bright headlights of cars driving by late at night might wake you up.
Your mornings don't have to be low-energy if you're not a "morning person"! Kick the habit - the snooze button habit, that is - and have a higher energy day. What are some things that you do to avoid using the snooze button in the morning?