07 March 2012

Seven steps for no snooze

My sister replied to my post the other day with this comment- 

"I need to take up your no hitting the snooze button. After waking up 15 minutes before I needed to leave for work I've taken to adding my phone into the mix of wake-up devices. So now it goes alarm, 10 minutes later the radio turns on and 10 minutes after that my phone goes off. The phone takes more cognitive ability to turn off, so hopefully it will continue to get me out of bed." - Beth

I hear from a lot of people that snoozing is a part of every week day morning (and usually in a negative way, hey if you like snoozing keep doing it!) so I compiled my top tips for waking up when your alarm first goes off.
  1. Go to bed on time, if you know you need 8 hours of sleep don't go to bed 5 hours before your alarm is set to go off.
  2. Make your morning plans before you go to bed. 6 AM is not the time for you to be making any decisions. If you are going to work out first thing, pick and set out your clothes.
  3. Place your alarm far enough from your bed so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you are out of bed you should be good to go! My last apartment didn't have a good spot so I put it at the foot of my bed, still good because I had to sit up to reach it.
  4. If you stayed out really late, don't feel good, or canceled your morning plans, change the alarm time. Its better to get 35 minutes extra of pure sleep instead of five 7-minute increments.
  5. Find an alarm sound that works for you. I like gentle sounds, like bells and waves, but you might see something harsher like BEEPS. Find what works for you. 
  6. If you hate getting out of bed and facing the cold in the morning, make sure you keep a robe next to your bed or program your heater to gear back up a little earlier.
  7. Drink a big glass of water before going to bed. When your alarm goes off you will need to use the bathroom and you'll jump right out of bed!
Bonus tip- Tell yourself that snoozing is not an option, in fact it doesn't exist! 

Are you a snoozer? A recovered snoozer? Have you tried any of my tips?


  1. My favorite tip is the water one. That has to work or you have a whole new set of problems. I find a crying baby effective.

  2. The alarm clock no where near your bed is a good one, and yet mine sits directly next to my bed. The water one is good too, fortunately I don't snooze very often!

  3. Thanks for the tips, I think I'll try the setting things out the night before. Oddly enough I've never really used snooze, I'm worried I won't know exactly what time it is if the alarm sounds the same every time. I think part of my problem is the dread of having a thirty mile drive ahead of me, but in ten weeks I'll conquer that obstacle.


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